Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle performed the longest duty recorded in the national aviation history by flying for 200,000 hours, an official of the country’s leading drone manufacturer said Wednesday.
“Another record of our national aviation history has been broken… #BayraktarTB2. With patience, love, perseverance, Bayraktar TB2 has been on duty for 200,000 hours in the sky for Turkey. This is the longest time on duty for a national aircraft. Free and independent in our sky,” Selcuk Bayraktar, the chief technology officer of Baykar, said on Twitter.
Bayraktar TB-2 is a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) and a tactical unmanned aerial vehicle capable of conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as armed attack missions, according to the company’s website.
The entire system is produced indigenously thanks to Baykar’s technological accumulation and capabilities, while Bayraktar TB-2 is also the first-ever aircraft in its category to be exported.
An onboard avionic suite with a triple-redundant avionic system encompasses units, enabling a fully autonomous taxiing, takeoff, landing and cruise.
Bayraktar TB2 is famous for it’s successful raids in Syria and Libya
At least 23 Pantsir air defense systems and more than 500 hundred ground vehicles have been destroyed by Turkish Bayraktar TB2 and Anka-S combat drones in Syria and Libya.
Eight more Russian missile systems and 15 combat vehicles were blown up in Middle East conflicts and in Africa respectively, reports Ukraine’s Defense Express.
The figure of military equipment lost will be greater if Israel’s destruction of air defense systems in Syria are included, the report said.
Success of Turkish drones has been attributed to Koral land-based electronic warfare systems and MAM-L guided munitions (used by Bayraktar TB2).
According to reports, lack of skilled operators and flaws in the Russian systems could be the reason behind them not firing at incoming drones.
“The destroyed Pantsir-S1, appeared to be sitting as a lone missile defense battery, leaving it vulnerable to attack. If air defense units are not deployed as part of a network, they’re sitting ducks,” Sitki Egeli, a military expert, told Syria Direct in March, after two of the Russian systems were knocked down.
Since 2014, it keeps carrying out missions successfully within the Turkish Armed Forces, gendarmerie and police.