Bayraktar TB2 completes 500 thousand flight hours, brakes new record

Bayraktar TB2 successfully completed 500 thousand flight hours, setting a new record in Turkish aviation history and has become has become Turkey's longest-serving national aircraft.

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.

Entered Turkish inventory in 2014

Bayraktar TB2 entered the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in 2014. The unmanned aerial vehicle, which was armed in 2015, is currently operationally used by the Turkish Armed Forces, Gendarmerie General Command, General Directorate of Security and National Intelligence Organization.

Exported to 23 countries

Bayraktar TB2s, the first UCAV platform that Turkey exported to the world, is followed with interest by the world aviation and defense industry. Export contracts were signed with 23 countries, including Ukraine, Qatar, Azerbaijan and Poland.

Having exported 664 million dollars of UCAV systems in 2021, Baykar became the company that exports the most in the field of defense and aerospace, according to the data announced by the Turkish Exporters Assembly.

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