Ismail Demir: We Handed Over 6 More Bayraktar Drones to the Turkish Army – Al Marsad

The Turkish Armed Forces received 6 Bayraktar TB2 drones developed by Bayraktar Holding owned by Selçuk Bayraktar, who is the son-in-law of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to a promotional video to announce joint cooperation.

Ismail Demir with Erdogan (Archive)

[Libya, 2 March 2020] – “We have delivered 6 new aircrafts to our army. The Turkish defense industry will continue to produce the best for the heroes of our Muhammadi army day after day and this is a promise to our martyrs,” said Ismail Demir, President of the Turkish Defence Industries, tweeted on Saturday.

 

According to the manufacturer the Bayraktar TB2 drone “has the advantage of night reconnaissance and the ability to conduct surveillance, exploration and immediate destruction missions of targets as it can be equipped with high-precision missiles, to destroy armored vehicles, military fortifications, and marine targets.”

Bayraktar Drone Setbacks in Libya

However, in spite of the promotional words on the Turkish drone, in less than one month Libyan local media has reported several Bayraktar TB2 drones being shot down inside Libya by the Libyan National Army forces. Nearly 20 Bayraktar TB2 drones have either downed or destroyed at Libyan airports to date.

The last of these operations was the announcement by the LNA Operations Room in the western region was the destruction of 6 drones during the past week, including four downed on Saturday night in what General Al-Mabrouk al-Ghazwi described as the largest air attack that was foiled.

Turkey had also lost a number of these aircrafts in Syria during confrontations with the Kurds and with the Syrian army.

Ankara concluded contracts for sale of Bayraktar TB2 drones to Qatar, Tunisia and Ukraine, while other countries did not express their desire this year to acquire them.

© Al Marsad English (2020)