Monday, 7 August 2023

Lock and ’Lokum’: Turkish Weapons Bolstering Kosovo’s Security Forces

By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans

As tensions remain high between Serbia and Kosovo, a steady influx of Turkish weapons systems in Kosovo has added a significant boost to the young nation's defence capabilities. The Serbian government has repeatedly expressed its disapproval of Türkiye's arms deliveries aid to Kosovo, which Serbia still claims as its own territory. Adding insult to Serbia, the Bayraktar TB2 UCAV was denied to them, while Kosovo successfully acquired the system in 2023. [1] [2] Nonetheless, Turkish authorities maintain that their support for Kosovo's defense capabilities is in line with international law and aimed at promoting regional stability. Türkiye has historically maintained close ties with Kosovo, given their shared cultural and historical heritage, making it a natural partner in the latter's military development.
This list attempts to list all Turkish weapons systems currently in service with Kosovo's Security Forces. A year in square brackets after the designation refers to its (perceived) date of inception.

(Click on the equipment type to get a picture of them in Kosovar service)

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs)


Self-Propelled Mortars (SPMs)


Infantry Mobility Vehicles (IMVs)

Remote Weapons Stations (RWS)

Precision-Guided Munitions

  • Roketsan MAM-C [2023] (For Bayraktar TB2 UCAV)
  • Roketsan MAM-L [2023] (For Bayraktar TB2 UCAV)

Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs)


Anti-Drone Jammers


Small Arms

[1] Serbia Joins ‘Queue’ for Turkish Bayraktar Drones
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