Lithuania launched a fundraising campaign to buy a TB2 drone for Ukraine. In a surprise twist, Baykar has instead decided to transfer it for free.
The €6 million raised will be dedicated to general support for Ukraine and ammunition for the TB2. This will most likely consist of MAM-L and MAM-C micro munitions. The MAM-C can target infantry, trucks and vehicles with light armour. Meanwhile, the heavier MAM-L is capable of destroying main battle tanks.
About the TB2
The TB2 is undoubtedly the most famous drone in the world. In 2020 it emerged as a game-changer in three conflicts. First, it exacted a gruesome revenge on Assad’s forces after an airstrike that targeted Turkish troops. The counter-attack was released to the public in a 14-minute long video. Then it pushed back Haftar’s forces who were about to score a total victory in Libya. However, it was when Azerbaijan decimated Armenia’s well-motivated military in 44 days that the TB2 was brought to the world’s attention.
The TB2 is a medium-altitude long-endurance UCAV. It has an endurance of up to 27 hours depending on the configuration. It can be fitted with SATCOM (TB2S), as well as rapid mapping technology for the quick development of high-resolution maps. With a maximum take-off weight of 700kg, it is considered light for a MALE drone. Its combination of advanced subsystems, low RCS (depending on the angle) and budget-friendly price, have all contributed to its success.