Ukraine’s not-so-secret weapon has been in the field. And destroying Russian artillery systems, armored vehicles, and Russian cruiser warships.
Ukraine already had more than 20 Bayraktar TB2 armed drones from Baykar in their arsenal. And it had some on-order when Russia invaded.
The last batch of 16 was delivered in early March. And as the fighting intensifies more are on the way. The drones are being donated to Ukraine by their allies.
The drone has proven effective in recent years against Russian forces and their allies in conflicts in both Libya and Syria. And its success in Ukraine is opening up a large global marketplace.
There is little doubt that Russia has overwhelming military advantages. But the TB2, has a 12-metre wingspan and can soar to 25,000 feet before swooping to destroy tanks. And it shoots artillery with laser-guided armor-piercing bombs.