Qatar has reportedly signed a contract for the acquisition of six Naykar Makina’s Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicle, according to the reports at DIMIDEX 2018 defense show held in Doha.
However, the Turkish company is yet to confirm the development. 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 initial six UAV’s were handed over to the Turkish Land Forces during the same year. The company currently has a request for up to 150 systems.
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 has the ability to fire wide range of weapons, including the 22.5 kg Roketsan MAM-L Smart Munition.