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July 5, 2022

Lithuania set to deliver Bayraktar TB2 drone to Ukraine

Commonly called ‘Hawk’, the uncrewed aerial vehicle was delivered by Turkish company Baykar to Lithuania for free.

The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence has received the Bayraktar TB2 combat drone, along with ammunition from Turkey.

The Lithuanian Air Forces transported the tactical drone, commonly called Hawk, to the country. 

Minister for National Defence of Lithuania Arvydas Anusauskas tweeted: “The Bayraktar ‘Vanagas’ [‘Hawk’ in Lithuanian] with all the bought ammunition is already in Lithuania!”

The minister said the armed uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) will be delivered to the Ukrainian armed forces soon, after a presentation ceremony of the drone at the Šiauliai Air Base.   

A medium altitude and long-range tactical UAV, Bayraktar TB2 is manufactured by Baykar.

The UAV has a length of 6.5m, a wingspan of 12m, and a maximum take-off weight of 650kg.

Each Bayraktar TB2 system includes six aerial vehicles, two ground control stations and remote video terminals, three ground data terminals, and equipment for ground support.

Last month, Lithuanian citizens raised over €6m to procure the Bayraktar TB2 drone for Ukraine. For this, Lithuania had signed a pact with Turkey to buy the UAV.

Inspired by the Lithuanians’ charitable gesture, Turkish drone manufacturer Baykar decided to deliver the advanced version of the Bayraktar drone to Lithuania free of charge.

Of the €5.9m donation, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence spent €1.5m to procure missiles, which arrived at the air base in Šiauliai. 

In June this year, Ukrainian citizens reportedly raised $20.11m to help the country purchase three Bayraktar TB2 drones.

Following this, Baykar announced that it would give the UAVs to the Ukrainian forces free of charge.

A fundraiser for the drones to be supplied to Ukraine was also initiated in Poland.

According to Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, the country has received over 50 Bayraktar TB2 drones since 24 February.

Further UAVs are expected to be shipped to the war-torn country in the coming months.

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