Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 drones a 'real threat' - U.K. defence chief

Turkey’s unmanned aerial vehicle, the Bayraktar TB2, has been responsible for the destruction of hundreds of armoured vehicles and even air defence systems in Syria, Libya, among other places, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said on Friday.

The Bayraktar TB2 has the capability to present “real challenges to the enemy,” state-run Anadolu news agency cited Wallaceas saying in a webinar held by British think tank, the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies (RUSI).

Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2, a medium-altitude, long-range tactical unmanned drone has played a crucial role in Turkey’s military support to Libya’s internationally-recognised government. The country has also used the killer drones in its operations against Kurdish-led forces in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.

“The TB2 and its accompanying munitions combine technical abilities with an affordability that means their commanders can tolerate some attrition while presenting real challenges to the enemy,” the UK defence chief said.

The Turkish drone has the capability to present “real challenges to the enemy,” he added.