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Qatar reportedly signed for six Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs


Qatar reportedly signed contract for the acquisition of six Baykar Makina's Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicle, EHA News reports today at DIMDEX 2018 defense show held in Doha.


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(Credit: Bayka Makina)


The Turkish company hasn't yet confirmed or commented the potential sale.

In 2012, Bayka Makina sold 10 Bayaraktar Mini mini UAS under a $2.5 million sale. They were the first drones in Qatar armed forces' inventory. 

The Bayraktar Block B (TB2) completed its first flight in April 2014. The first six UAV's were delivered to Turkish Land Forces during the same year. Turkey has a request for up to 150 systems, 38 of which would be in active service as of today.

Made of carbon fibre, Kevlar and hybrid composites, the Bayraktar TB2 has a length of 6.5m, wing span of 12m and a maximum take-off weight of 630kg. It is powered by a sole 100hp Rotax 912 Internal Combustion Engine. It has a range of more than 150 km and a top speed of 130 km/h.

The Bayraktar TB2 can fire a wide range of weapons, such as th e 22.5 kg Roketsan MAM-L Smart Munition.