Poland to buy 24 Bayraktar TB2 drones from Turkey
Polish army to be equipped with Turkey's Bayraktar TB2 type drones that have proven themselves in wars, says Defense Ministry
Poland will purchase 24 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey, the country's Defense Ministry said on Saturday.
"#WojskoPolskie [Polish army] will be equipped with modern equipment, with #Bayraktar TB2 [Turkey's Bayraktar TB2 drones], which have a striking force and have proven themselves in the wars in the east of our continent. They were also used in Africa," the ministry said on Twitter.
Mariusz Blaszczak, the polish defense minister, also announced that his country will buy 24 Bayraktar TB2 type UAVs from Turkey, according to Polish news agency PAP.
"This is a real weapon. It proved itself in wars in the east of Europe. It was also used in the Middle East," Blaszczak added.
The agreement on the sale of the UAVs is expected to be signed next week during Poland’s President Andrzej Duda's visit to Turkey.
Poland, a member of the EU and NATO, will purchase the UAVs from Turkey for the first time.
Bayraktar TB2 entered the inventory of Turkish army in 2014 and is currently used by several other countries, including Ukraine, Qatar, and Azerbaijan. Turkey has effectively used its cutting-edge drones over the years in cross-border, anti-terror military operations, such as Euphrates Shield, Olive Branch, and Spring Shield, to liberate its Syrian border from terrorist entities.