Armed Forces

Turkish UAVs for the Polish Armed Forces. Contract Signed

Image Credit: Leszek Chemperek/CO MON
Image Credit: Leszek Chemperek/CO MON

Head of the Polish Ministry of Defence, Mariusz Błaszczak, has signed the agreement covering the acquisition of Bayraktar TB2 UAVs for the Polish military.

The contract signed in Ankara covers the acquisition of four UAV “sets” (24 UAVs with weapons: laser-guided MAM-L and MAM-C missiles). The contract also covers the delivery of mobile control stations, SAR radars, simulators, spares, training, and logistics.

Furthermore, the MoD announced that a 24-month guarantee is also covered by the agreement, along with a technology transfer for maintenance and repairs of the engines, ground control stations, and cameras.

The first of the UAV sets would be delivered by the end of 2022, while all of the aircraft are expected to be received by the end of 2024. Cost of a single set - USD 67 million. The above means that the whole procurement had a price tag of around USD 260-270 million.

The drone is 6.5 meters long and has a wingspan of 12 meters. Its flight endurance is defined as up to 27 hours. The UAV weighs up to 650 kg, with 150 kg of payload. Its top speed is around 220 kph.

The UAVs will be used for ISR and combat sorties. Turkey, Azerbaijan, Qatar, Libya, and Ukraine also procured the type. The UAV in question has also seen combat use in Nagorno Karabakh and Syria.

Baykar Haluk, Bayraktar’s General Manager signed the Agreement on behalf of the manufacturer. The Turkish side recalled the fact that around 180 of the said UAVs remain in service. Bayraktar TB2s have accumulated, in total, more than 320 thousand flight hours.