Air-to-Air Missiles for Bayraktar Drones to take on Kamikaze UAVs in Ukraine

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  • 04:38 AM, October 31, 2022
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Air-to-Air Missiles for Bayraktar Drones to take on Kamikaze UAVs in Ukraine
Akinci UCAV at SAHA defense expo in Istanbul, Turkey @Baykar

The Bayraktar TB2 combat drones in service with Ukraine’s armed forces will be equipped with air-to-air missiles to defeat Russian Kamikaze UAVs.

"Soon our Bayraktar TB2 and Akıncıs will have air-to-air missiles; not only to engage drones but other enemy aircraft... we are conducting our tests," Baykar CEO Haluk Bayraktar was quoted as saying by German outlet Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) during SAHA Expo defense fair in Istanbul.

A contract was signed between Roketsan and drone-maker Baykar for the integration of the Sungur air defense missile to combat UAVs.

Air-to-Air Missiles for Bayraktar Drones to take on Kamikaze UAVs in Ukraine
Baykar stall at SAHA defense expo in Istanbul, Turkey @Baykar

Murat Ikinci, Roketsan general manager said at the fair that Sungur is effective at shooting down moving targets such as helicopters and drones.

Integration of such missiles to Bayraktar TB2 and Akıncı combat drones can lead to the creation of a low-cost air patrol concept in eliminating threats such as attack helicopters and enemy drones, including kamikaze drones, instead of using high-cost air-to-air missiles.

Russia has been using Iranian "Shahed-136" loitering munitions to destroy Ukrainian targets. The kamikazes are slow, noisy and deployed at low altitudes, making them "easy targets.”

Air-to-Air Missiles for Bayraktar Drones to take on Kamikaze UAVs in Ukraine
Bayraktar TB2 recently delivered to Poland

Click here to read more about Shahed-136 UAVs.

Baykar plant in Ukraine to produce jet-powered drones

Baykar is establishing a drone-manufacturing facility in Ukraine. This plant will manufacture the soon-to-be-launched jet-powered drone "Kızılelma" (Red Apple), Bayraktar told dpa.

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