Bangladesh purchases Bayraktar TB2 combat drones

According to Raheed Ejaz on the Bangladeshi website City, Bangladesh is set to purchase Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 combat drones after assessing their efficiency against Russian invasion forces in Ukraine. The government has signed an agreement with Turkey to purchase the medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle.
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Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicle at IDEF defense exhibition in Turkey, May 2017 (Picture source: Army Recognition)

Turkish ambassador to Bangladesh Mustafa Osman Turan confirmed the purchase, Raheed Ejaz reports, saying that the deal was signed recently between the Bangladesh Armed Forces and the drone manufacturing company Baykar Technology: "(…) I'm not in a position to give details but I can confirm that there is a cooperation between Bangladesh and Turkey regarding drones."

According to diplomatic sources, Bangladesh previously purchased MRAP vehicles, armored vehicles, and air defense systems from Turkey under a bilateral defense cooperation agreement. In 2021, Turkiye also signed an agreement to sell guided artillery shells to Bangladesh. Military helicopters and tanks might also enter discussions.

The Bayraktar TB2 UAV System has a cruising speed of 70 knots with an operational flight altitude of 24.000 feet, 24 hours of flight time and a communication range of 150 km and has a 12-m wing span, 650-kg maximum take-off weight, and a 55-kg payload capacity. Prototype Development Phase started in 2007. Bayraktar tactical UAS with its critical all subsystems including flight control, INS-GPS, Automatic Take Off-Landing systems developed in-house demonstrated fully automatic taxi, take-off, cruise, landing, and parking phases in 2009 and was selected as the winner of the program. The final production stage officially started in 2012.