The return of Bayraktar: Two Ukrainian drones eliminated Russian equipment worth $26.5 million in just 3 days
Just two Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 strike drones in only three days’ time have eliminated several pieces of equipment from the invading Russian forces for an approximate sum of $26.5 million.
For comparison, an approximate cost of a single Bayraktar TB2 drone is $5 million. And, it seems that these drones are still flying and performing their tasks as usual.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine began to actively use Bayraktar TB2 strike drones at the front again. There was a period of a few weeks where there were no new announcements regarding the use of unmanned aerial vehicles on the Ukrainian side, which happened probably because of an intensified Russian air defense. It seems that recently Ukrainians managed to suppress the enemy air defence and resumed UAV-based operations.
The situation, however, has changed rapidly. The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valery Zaluzhny announced on his official Facebook account that over three days, these two machines produced by a Turkish defense company “Baykar” have destroyed a number of enemy targets for a total of approximately $26.5 million.
The selection of targets for the Ukrainian Bayraktars is very diverse: eight T-72 tanks, each of which costs about $3 million, a 2S3 Akatsiya self-propelled artillery mount (about $1.6 million), an infantry fighting vehicle worth $600,000, and howitzers for $300 thousand.
Additional five T-72 units and several infantry fighting vehicles were also damaged, at an estimated cost for the enemy of nearly $2 million.
“Effective Turkish Bayraktars in the capable hands of our soldiers are powerful weapons,” the Ukrainian general wrote. According to his statement, one of the UAVs that participated in the operation was purchased through a charity fundraiser organized by the Lithuanian people.