Ukraine Army commander, CEO Baykar Makina talk combat UAVs plans

Ukraine Army commander, CEO Baykar Makina talk combat UAVs plans

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhnyi and CEO of the Turkey-based Baykar Makina, Haluk Bayraktar, talked of setting up a working group on unmanned aerial vehicles for Ukraine’s Army.

That’s according to Zaluzhny’s report posted on Facebook November 18, Ukrinform reports.

 “Today I had an important meeting with the CEO of the Turkish company Baykar Makina, Mr. Haluk Bayraktar. We discussed the establishment of a permanent working group on unmanned aerial vehicles for the Armed Forces of Ukraine," the commander-in-chief wrote.

Zaluzhnyi recalled that Bayraktar TB2 drones had proved effective, including in the zone of ​​the Joint Forces Operation in eastern Ukraine. Therefore, the Armed Forces will further enhance tactics and methods of their combat use to deter Russian aggression and protect Ukraine’s interests.

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Zaluzhnyi thanked Bayraktar for supporting the Armed Forces of Ukraine and remaining open to further cooperation.

According to the military chief, the company plans to continue production of the latest-generation Akinci drones, fitted with Ukrainian engines.

Baykar Makina is working on the construction and installation of a joint training and testing center for UAV maintenance, current repairs, and modernization. On September 29, 2021, Ukraine and Turkey also signed a memorandum providing for the training of Bayraktar drone operators.

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As Ukrinform reported, on November 12, following a visit to the Joint Forces Operation zone, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov announced that the ministry next year would acquire more Bayraktar combat UAVs for the needs of the Armed Forces.

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