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Poland receives its first six Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs.

| 2022

According to a tweet published by the Polish MoD on October 28, 2022, the Polish Armed Forces received their first Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV).

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Poland receives its first six Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle.  (Picture source: Polish MoD)

The Bayraktar TB2 is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) capable of remotely controlled or autonomous flight operations.

It is manufactured by the Turkish company Baykar Makina Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., primarily for the Turkish Armed Forces. The aircraft are monitored and controlled by an aircrew in a ground control station, including weapons employment.

The Bayraktar TB2 platform has a blended wing body design with an inverted V-tail structure. Thrust is generated by a variable pitch two-blade propeller in pusher configuration.

The propeller is mounted between the tail booms and driven by an internal combustion engine located in the body. The monocoque platform is modular with detachable main items such as wing, tail boom, and V-tails.

Fuselage pieces are made mostly of carbon fiber composite with machined aluminum parts at joints. Fuel is stored within bladder tanks and fuel consumption is balanced with solenoid valves.

The ground control station (GCS) is based on a NATO spec shelter unit which is equipped with cross redundant command and control systems. The mobile unit supports three personnel: pilot, payload operator, and mission commander.

The GCS is equipped with redundant air conditioners and nuclear, biological, and chemical filtration (NBC) filtering unit. All hardware inside the shelter is placed inside racked cabinets. Each operator has dual screens in front along with the operator interface software used for real-time command, control, and monitoring.

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