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Kuwait Signs $367 Million Deal with Turkish Drone Manufacturer Baykar

Kuwait has reached an agreement worth $367 million with Turkish drone giant Baykar to purchase their highly sought-after TB2 combat drones, as announced by the Kuwaiti army. The Bayraktar TB2 drone is equipped with unmanned aerial vehicles capable of carrying lightweight, laser-guided bombs and flying for up to 27 hours consecutively, setting a record during testing in Kuwait in 2019. This was first reported by AP

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Kuwait to buy Turkish made Drones

This agreement makes it the 28th country to procure the TB2 drones, driven by the increased demand due to their successful deployment in conflict zones such as Libya, Syria, and Ukraine.

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Brigadier General Fahad Al-Dosari, the Air Force operations chief, stated in a video posted on Twitter that the drone fleet would support the navy and coast guard, monitor maritime and land borders, and carry out reconnaissance, targeted missions, and search and rescue operations.

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The TB2 drones, estimated to be priced under $2 million each, are manufactured by Baykar Defense, a company owned by Selcuk Bayraktar, the son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the company’s chief technical officer.

The TB2 drone has played a significant role in tipping the balance of conflicts, including those in Libya and the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, where it aided Azerbaijan against Armenian-backed forces. It has also demonstrated its effectiveness in Ukraine’s defense against Russian forces, prompting many nations to seek procurement of the unmanned aircraft.

Kuwait, recognized as a major non-NATO ally, has maintained a close military partnership with the United States since the 1991 Gulf War. The country hosts the forward headquarters of the U.S. Army Central and approximately 13,500 American troops.