Romania’s Ministry of Defense has sought parliamentary approval to buy $300 million worth of Bayraktar TB2 drones. The acquisition of Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle systems (UAS) aims to support the country’s efforts to fulfill its role in NATO.
The drones will also contribute to the modernization of the Romanian army – a process that will continue until 2040, says a document supporting the request of the Ministry of Defense, cited by Romania Insider.
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The flying machines will be integrated into certain army corps, giving them a wider range of capabilities required by military combat in the 21st century. They will give the Romanian military “enhanced situational awareness and increased firepower”, the document also states, also cited by G4Media.
The three drones intended for the Ground Forces of the Romanian Army each have six platforms capable of hitting targets. The acquisition will also include a logistics support package and training equipment. The value of the purchase contract is estimated at $300 million excluding VAT.
By the start of the war in Ukraine, Turkey had sold about 50 of its military drones to the country. Especially in the first weeks of the war, the Ukrainian army almost daily showed videos to prove that the drones were successfully destroying entire convoys of Russian military equipment. It is even assumed that the failed attack of the Russians against Kyiv was due precisely to the effectiveness of the Turkish drones.
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