TB2 Bayraktar drones now “useless” in Ukraine against Russian anti-aircraft defense

Prior to the conflict in Ukraine, several specialists questioned the effectiveness of MALE drones in a so-called high-intensity conflict, judging them too vulnerable to modern anti-aircraft defenses. However, during the first weeks of combat, the Bayraktar TB2s supplied by Turkey to Ukraine played an important role in stopping the Russian columns advancing towards Kyiv, managing to insinuate themselves into the porous anti-aircraft defenses implemented by Russian forces in an obviously poorly planned offensive, and to strike or guide artillery strikes against supply columns, armor and even several air defense systems.…

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General Atomics introduces the lightweight Eaglet airborne drone intended for high intensity

Since the entry into service of the first MALE MQ-1 Predator drone in the US Air Force in 1995, the role of these aircraft piloted from the ground and equipped with an autonomy of more than 24 hours has not stopped growing. in world armies. Now, most of the world's major armies use this type of drone, or its successor the MQ-9 Reaper, to carry out intelligence and sometimes strike missions in low-intensity theaters, as was the case during the Iraqi campaigns. and Afghans for the United States, or for Operation Barkhane in the Sahel for the French armies.…

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Germany, Poland, Slovakia: European tanks soon in Ukraine?

How far we have come since the day after the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, a German diplomat reportedly replied to his Ukrainian counterpart that there was no sense in sending military equipment to the Ukrainian armies, since the latter would be swept away in a few days. In fact, for the past few days, declarations have multiplied in Europe, and more generally in the whole of the Western camp, in favor of much more sustained support given to Ukraine in terms of defense equipment, including the heavy equipment requested for several weeks by Kyiv to stand up to the waves of assault launched by Moscow. Already, last week, Prague had confirmed…

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How will the war in Ukraine transform strategic planning in Europe?

Just 3 weeks ago, very few in the West believed that Russia was indeed going to wage a global war of aggression on Ukraine. For many, the deployment of Russian force around Ukraine was intended to make President Zelensky bend over his NATO membership and the status of the breakaway republics of Donbass. For the best informed, like the General Staff of the French Armies, and as we discussed in an article of February 23, the military and political risks associated with such an offensive did not outweigh the potential benefits, so that such a decision appeared irrational and therefore little…

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Faced with Ukrainian resistance, the Russian armies change their strategy

While the Russian offensive is marking time in front of Kyiv and Kharkiv, and the cities given as Russian hands, such as Kherson and Berdyansk, continue to resist despite a very deteriorated situation for the Ukrainian defenders, the Russian armies seem to have he radically changed his strategy to overcome the Ukrainian resistance. Renouncing special operations and heavy use of airborne forces, Russian forces are reportedly engaging in a much more conventional doctrine, with massive attacks carried out by combined arms battalions backed by heavy support artillery and tactical aviation, leading to fears of a very rapid increase in losses...

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Turkish armies receive their first Akinci drones

Two years. This is the time it took the Turkish specialist in the manufacture of military drones Baykar, to bring its new Medium Altitude Long Endurance MALE Akinci drone from the prototype stage to its operational entry into the Turkish armies. On August 29, during a ceremony with strong nationalist impulses, it was President RT Erdogan himself who celebrated the arrival of the new combat drone in his armies, with unfeigned pride on the part of the leader. Turkish. It must be said that the Akinci PT-2 TIHA has something to satisfy the president, and his efforts in favor of a defense industry...

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Turkey's Baykar develops high-performance, on-board stealth combat drone

Without achieving the effectiveness of the teasing campaign that surrounds the presentation of the new Russian light fighter, the Turkish Baykar, on the strength of the commercial and operational successes of its light Medium Altitude Long Endurance drone TB-2 Bayraktar, has also raised waiting for the presentation of his new combat drone project in an enigmatic video revealing certain parts of the device. The veil was lifted today on this new device, which for the time being only exists in a digital version, and which has not received an official designation, but which, obviously, has very great ambitions. for the manufacturer and the entire aeronautical industry…

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Turkish combat drones multiply commercial successes

The TB2 and ANKA drones had tremendous media exposure during the Nagorno-Karabakh war in 2020, during which, alongside the Harop and Harpy roving ammunition of Israeli origin, they greatly contributed to the success of the Azeri armed forces on the Armenian forces. Since then, Ankara has multiplied contracts and exclusive negotiations with a view to exporting its precious equipment, helping to position the country in the top three of world nations in this field, along with the United States and China. Indeed, in addition to the Turkish Armies and Azeris, Turkish drones have been ordered in recent months by Ukraine, Qatar, Morocco,…

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Excluded from the F35 program, Turkey reorganizes its aeronautical ambitions without the West

While the US Department of Defense had just officially notified Ankara of its definitive exclusion from the F35 program following the acquisition of S400 systems from Russia, Selcuk Bayraktar, the CTO of the company Bayraktar, well known for its drones TB2 which played a decisive role during the Turkish engagements in Syria and Libya, as well as the buts of the Azeri forces during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict of 2020. The latter detailed the roadmap that the Turkish authorities were preparing to follow in the field of military aeronautics. And the least that can be said is that the country does not…

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Ukraine nationalizes engine manufacturer Motor Sich, preventing Chinese takeover

It is undoubtedly a great service that Ukraine, and its president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has just rendered to the United States and the West, by deciding to nationalize the national aeronautical engine manufacturer Motor Sich, to prevent the company, and its know-how in aircraft and helicopter engines does not fall under the control of the Chinese company Skyrizon, and thereby enables the Chinese aeronautical industries to catch up in the field of aeronautical turbojets and turboprops . By doing so, President Zelenskiy exposes Ukraine to the wrath of Beijing, as well as significant damages, at least if we are to believe the official speech of…

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