Ukraine plans to purchase more of Turkish-made Bayraktar drones and corvettes for its navy, according to the commander of the Ukrainian Navy Aleksey Neizhpapa.
Neizhpapa announced Kyiv’s intention to buy more Turkish Bayraktar TB2 UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and corvettes in an interview with Radio Free Europe.
Praising the technical features of the “game-changing” combat drones and their success at sea, the commander said, “We expect to purchase Turkey’s Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles in 2021 to meet the needs of the Navy.”
He added that Ukraine would use the Turkish drones to be purchased in land and sea operations, and that Ukraine would reach a production capacity at NATO standards thanks to the Ada-class corvettes jointly produced with Turkey.
Bayraktar TB2 is a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) and a tactical UAV capable of conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance activities, as well as armed attack missions, according to the company’s website. It is also the first-ever aircraft in its category to be exported by its producer Baykar Technologies.