Turkey has emerged as a major player in the global unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) market, thanks to the success of its flagship drone, the Bayraktar TB2. According to recent reports, Turkey has exported this drone to the largest number of countries, surpassing other leading UCAV exporters like the U.S. and China. The Bayraktar TB2 has gained popularity among militaries around the world due to its advanced technology and proven track record in various operations.
Since its induction in 2014, the Bayraktar TB2 has been exported to 29 countries, with more than 400 units sold to these nations. This impressive feat has solidified Turkey’s position as a leader in the UCAV export market. The drone’s success can be attributed to its advanced capabilities, including long-endurance flights, real-time video and data transmission, and the ability to carry out precision strikes with its laser-guided missiles.
It is worth noting that while China’s Wing Loong I and II UCAV family has been a popular choice among 12 countries, it has faced some challenges in the global market. Despite being the third-largest exporter of UCAVs, China’s UCAV sales have reportedly been impacted by issues such as poor build quality and a lack of proper after-sales support.
In recent years, some African countries have been among the main buyers of Chinese-made UCAVs, partly due to the lower costs and often attractive financing deals offered by China. However, some of these countries have also expressed concerns about the quality and reliability of the equipment they have received. As a result, China’s position in the UCAV market may be somewhat unstable, and it may face increased competition from other UCAV manufacturers.
The U.S. and China are also major players in the UCAV market, with the former exporting the MQ-9 Reaper and the latter exporting the Wing Loong series. However, Turkey’s success in the market can be attributed to its strategic partnerships and alliances with countries that have been seeking to enhance their military capabilities in recent years. The Bayraktar TB2 has been used in various conflicts around the world, including in Syria, Iraq, and Azerbaijan, where it has demonstrated its effectiveness in combat operations.
As the global demand for unmanned aerial vehicles continues to rise, it is expected that competition among UCAV manufacturers and exporters will intensify. However, with its proven track record and advanced capabilities, Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 is likely to continue to dominate the UCAV export market in the years to come.