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Bayraktar TB2 drones are “out of action” in the war in Ukraine

Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drone emerged as the “ideal weapon” that could change the course of the war in Ukraine, However, UAVs of Turkish origin have largely disappeared from the battlefield, leading to doubts about their effectiveness.

The Turkish drone success was widely covered by the media in the early stages of the war. The success of these drones was documented in countless videos shared widely on social media, showing Ukrainian drones destroying Russian advances.

However, the sudden disappearance of these drones from both the battlefield and the media has many analysts trying to figure out the reason for this action.

Russian reports claim that since the start of the conflict, Russian military forces have shot down at least 130 Ukrainian drones., However, the Russian figure differs significantly from the number of drones sent by Turkey. According to Turkey, Ukraine has received 50 drones.

Russian media have also highlighted the lack of latest information on Bayraktar TB2 fighter operations in Ukraine since mid-August. Turkish drones are not working with the same efficiency as in Libya, Syria and, above all, during the Nagorno-Karabakh war.

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The attacks on Snake Island, which began in the first week of May and lasted until late June, were one of the last notable conflicts by Turkish drones. Many experts believe that Russia has addressed its mistakes and strengthened the effectiveness of its layered air defense system.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the United States intends to sell General Atomics’ MQ-1C Gray Eagle armed drones, more capable than TB2, to Ukraine.

However, the US is equally concerned that Russia could shoot down an armed Gray Eagle drone, which would mean the loss of cutting edge US technology. The United States also fears that the drones could end up in the hands of Russian experts in military technology.

Factors explaining the absence of Turkish drones

The fact that Russia has beefed up its defense systems and is shooting down and jamming many of Ukraine’s drones is one reason why Turkey’s drones are losing effectiveness.

Samuel Bendet, an analyst and expert on robotics and unmanned military systems, noted that Russian electronic warfare and air defense have improved coordination and deployment compared to the early stages of the conflict.

He said the Russian military is using early warning radar to detect drones, and electronic warfare weapons are being used to interfere with their transmissions.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) recently stated that “reports on the effectiveness of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) have been mixed. While initial reports were largely positive, the main action moved east, where a structured Russian AD system existed, most inputs indicate high vulnerability and limited effectiveness.

“This highlighted the need for a multi-tiered air defense system with hard and soft kill options to deal with RPA. However, a definite conclusion can be reached only after the full context and conditions are clarified.”

Bayraktar Tb2 Drone In Combat In Ukraine
FILE IMAGE: A Ukrainian TB2 drone equipped with precision guided weapons.

Too, Moscow also uses a variety of weapons, including machine guns and air defense systems, such as the Tor missile system, to target drones.,

Ukraine’s drones are becoming less effective in this new chapter of the conflict, but Russia is using Iranian-made drones effectively. Latest reports have also suggested that Russia has not used Iranian-sourced drones for quite some time and may be running out of “cheap and clunky” UAVs.

Russian media also speculated that the Russian-Turkish gas deal could be another factor in the reduced use of Turkish drones in the war.

Earlier it was claimed that the Russian President Vladimir Putin Conditions were placed on the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan Stopping the supply of Turkish drones to Ukraine to keep the gas deal alive. As a result, Turkey is not delivering any new TB2 drones to Ukraine.

The Eurasian Times also reported that Byker had given up on setting up a drone factory in Ukraine in partnership with a state defense company.

Russian media claim that political intrigues between Russia and Turkey, not Russian air defense systems, are responsible for the absence of Turkish drones.

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