Bayraktar TB2 has left another important milestone behind. Bayraktar TB2 SİHA System, breaking new grounds in the history of Turkish aviation, successfully completed 400 thousand flight hours and became the longest-serving national aircraft in the sky.
Developed by Baykar, the national SİHA Bayraktar TB2, which is the best in the world in its class when its technical features and operations are evaluated, entered the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces 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 MIT.
Bayraktar TB2 SİHA has been actively working in the fight against terrorism in the country and abroad since 2014 by the security forces.
The number of countries with which export contracts were signed with Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs reached 13
According to the information given, Bayraktar TB2s, the first SİHA system exported by Turkey to the world, are followed with interest by the world aviation and defense industry.
While the number of countries with which export contracts have been signed with Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs reaches 13, a total of 257 Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs continue to serve in the inventory of Turkey, Ukraine, Qatar, Azerbaijan and the delivery countries.
Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs, which broke new ground in the history of Turkish aviation, will also fly over the Polish skies next year. Thus, for the first time, Turkey will have exported a high-tech SİHA to a NATO and European Union (EU) member country.
Baykar again earned more than 80 percent of its revenues from exports in 2021.
While most of Baykar’s revenues were obtained from exports to abroad last year, Baykar, which realized its first national UAV export in 2012, achieved a great success in a strategic field such as the defense industry with its 360 million dollar SİHA system export in 2020.
While Baykar still generates more than 80 percent of its revenues from exports in 2021, negotiations with many countries that are interested in National SİHAs continue.
Baykar, which has developed the software and hardware systems, which are the greatest added value in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles, nationally and uniquely, with its team of Turkish engineers since the early 2000s, is shown as one of the world’s leading technology companies in its field with its engineering power in 13 different disciplines.
Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs, all critical parts, designs and software of which were developed nationally and uniquely by Baykar, are produced at the Özdemir Bayraktar National UAV R&D and Production Campus in Istanbul with a 93 percent domestic industry participation, which is a record in the world.
The National SİHA has won the title of the aircraft that has served Turkey successfully for the longest time.
Bayraktar TB2 SİHA broke the record by flying for 27 hours and 3 minutes uninterruptedly in difficult geographical and climatic conditions such as high temperature and sandstorm during the demo flight it participated in on July 16, 2019 in Kuwait.
National SİHAs continue to operate in all adverse weather conditions such as desert heat, freezing cold, snow and storms encountered in Qatar, Syria, Ukraine and Karabakh.
The national SİHA, which broke the Turkish altitude record with 27 hours and 3 minutes in the tactical class in the history of Turkish aviation, with the longest airtime and 27 thousand 30 feet altitude, went down in Turkish aviation history with 400 thousand hours of flight.
The National SİHA has also won the title of the aircraft that has served Turkey successfully for the longest time.
He left his mark on Operation Olive Branch
According to the information in the statement, the National SİHA Bayraktar TB2 played a role as a playmaker in the Hendek, Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations carried out by the TAF inside and beyond the border.
Defense experts stated that the operations ended in a much shorter time than expected and that one of the most important factors in fewer casualties was the national SİHAs.
Bayraktar TB2 SİHA systems made their mark on the operation with 5,300 hours of flight, making more than 90 percent of all flights, especially in the Olive Branch Operation held in Afrin.
Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs, which served in many operations against the terrorist organization such as Claw and Kıran, also played an important role in the operations against the so-called managers of the terrorist organization wanted on the Red List.
National SİHAs also take part in the protection of the Blue Homeland. In this context, Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs accompanied the Fatih and Yavuz drilling ships operating in the Eastern Mediterranean from the air for security.
Bayraktar TB2 SİHA, which took off from Dalaman Naval Air Base Command on 16 December 2019 and landed at Geçitkale Airport to be deployed in the TRNC for missions within the same scope, signed a historic flight.
“TB2 UAVs also take an active role in the early detection and extinguishing of forest fires”
Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs transferred to the region in a very short time like 25 minutes after the 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Elazığ Sivrice that occurred on January 24, 2020, and transferred video information from the points where transportation is difficult to Ankara and the command centers of the earthquake-affected provinces.
In addition to supporting the search and rescue efforts from the sky, it also served to control the heavy vehicle traffic after the earthquake and to continue the future aid without interruption.
In addition to all these, Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs play a role in the fight against forest fires along with security and humanitarian aid duties.
In cooperation with the General Directorate of Forestry (OGM), Bayraktar TB2 UAVs also take an active role in the early detection of forest fires and efficient management of extinguishing efforts.
In this way, high-tech UAVs are being used in the fight against forest fires for the first time in Europe. According to OGM data, 1 Bayraktar TB2 UAV, which was on duty in the summer of 2020, monitored an area of approximately 3.5 million hectares from the air and performed the work of 361 fire monitoring towers from the sky.
Thus, in 2020, 345 forest fires were detected at the initial stage and extinguished before they grow. The pioneering and innovative solution followed by Turkey in the fight against forest fires continued to grow in 2021.
Bayraktar TB2 UAVs stationed in Manisa/Akhisar, Muğla/Milas and Denizli/Çardak, the 3 main centers determined by OGM, served under the coordination of Baykar’s expert team.
Bayraktar TB2, which works with the software developed by Baykar and the technological infrastructure it has established, can scan an area of 400 square kilometers at once with a thermal camera and detect fires up to 185 kilometers away at the initial stage.
Bayraktar TB2 UAVs actively worked in the detection and extinguishment of 267 forest fires in 2021 until 19 November. National UAVs detected 155 fires at the initial stage, and performed follow-up and coordination tasks in extinguishing 112 fires.
It also plays a role in the rescue of immigrants
Bayraktar TB2s also make a significant contribution to saving the lives of many irregular migrants and documenting human rights violations by following the ongoing irregular migration movements in the Aegean and Mediterranean from the sky.
Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs, which contributed to the success by greatly increasing the reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities of the Turkish Armed Forces in Operation Peace Spring, also successfully destroyed many targets throughout the operation. Finally, in the Spring Shield Operation for the first time, he made flights as a flock and destroyed many armored vehicles, howitzers, Multiple Barrel Rocket Launchers (MLRA) and air defense systems.
Bayraktar TB2 SİHA carried out 80 percent of all sorties made by aircraft participating in Operation Spring Shield, where SİHAs were used as the primary element in the battlefield for the first time in the world.
Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs, which successfully operated despite all kinds of electronic warfare within the scope of the operation in the Idlib region of Syria, flew over 2,000 hours.
The fact that Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs flew in squadrons for the first time in the history of world warfare had a great impact in the world press.
He played an important role in the liberation of Karabakh
Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs also played an important role in ending the 30-year-long Karabakh occupation of brotherly country Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan launched a military operation against Nagorno-Karabakh, occupied by Armenia, on September 27, 2020. On November 10, 2020, 44 days after the start of the operation, the Azerbaijani Army ended the occupation of Armenia and took Nagorno-Karabakh under control.
During the operation against Armenia, the Azerbaijan Army used Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs, which were developed nationally and specifically by Baykar, on the entire front line.
According to studies confirmed by defense analysts, Bayraktar TB2 SİHAs destroyed many air defense systems, radar systems, tanks, armored vehicles, trucks, arsenals, positions and units belonging to the Armenian Army.
This success of the Azerbaijan Army, which surprised the world, was interpreted by the world media and defense experts as the Turkish SİHAs reached a playmaker power by changing the war history.
Source: Dünya Gazetesi by www.dunya.com.
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