On September 27, Turkmenistan showcased for the first time ever its newly-acquired Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 combat drones during a military parade commemorating the 30th anniversary of its independency.
Prior to the parade, Turkmenistan was not known to be one of the operators of the Bayraktar TB2. At least three combat drones of this type are currently in service with the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs.
🇹🇷 Turkish reconnaissance and attack unmanned aerial vehicles Bayraktar TB2 at the military parade in honor of the 30th anniversary of the independence of 🇹🇲 Turkmenistan.
Earlier, the supply of this type of UAV to Turkmenistan was not reported. pic.twitter.com/2ByjrCcG5M
— BWF Military News (@MilitaryBWF) October 2, 2021
Turkmenistan has purchased a batch of Turkish Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles. They are already in service with the country and demonstrated at the military parade in Ashgabat.https://t.co/qFqQnAJBJy pic.twitter.com/VGEy5lZfVO
— Tango III’s Military News (@IiiTango) September 28, 2021
The Bayraktar TB2, which was developed by Turkey’s Baykar, gained much fame last year after taking part in several Turkish-backed operations in Syria and Libya. The combat drone also played a key role in Azerbaijan’s victory in the last Nagorno-Karabakh war.
While most Bayraktar TB2 combat drones are equipped with the Canadian-made WESCAM MX-15D or the Turkish-made Aselsan CATS optical targeting systems, the drones supplied to Turkmenistan were equipped with the ARGOS-II HDT system, which is made by Germany’s Hensoldt.
Turkmenistan’s Bayraktar TB2 combat drones were armed with the MAM-L and MAM-C small-diameter laser-guided munitions during the parade. Both munitions are made by Turkey’s Roketsan,
The Ministry of Internal Affairs will likely use the combat drones to monitor the country’s border with Afghanistan, where the Taliban seized control less than two months ago.
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