Drone developer Bayraktar TB2 has announced covert strike controls for the drones it sells.
There is a special vulnerability in the Bayraktar TB2 drones that allows you to control the operation of all Bayraktar TB2 drones through remote access and, in fact, even strike with these drones if necessary.
Drone control systems are apparently connected to satellites or can be controlled via medium waves. Information on this subject was voiced in an interview with journalists by the technical director of the Turkish company Baykar Makina Selçuk Bayraktar.
“We can take control of all UAVs sold by us to other countries and deploy them in the air against them; they work on our software,”– said Selcuk Bayraktar.
Previously, such a feature of Turkish drones has never been disclosed, which can seriously affect the interest in Turkish drones. However, which is very remarkable, this may mean that during the conflict in Ukraine, it was Turkey that could be involved in controlling the strikes of Ukrainian drones, especially those drones that can be controlled via satellite communication channels.
Bayraktar Drones Are Popular Around the World
The Ukrainians have an estimated 50 drones that they have bought since 2019. They are made by Turkish defense firm Baykar Technology, and more of the combat drones have been ordered by the Ukrainians since the invasion. 16 countries have bought unmanned vehicles.
The Bayraktar carries four Smart Micro Munition laser-guided missiles. It can remain in the air for up to 30 hours and flies at altitudes from 18,000 to 25,000 feet. The range of the drone is 185 miles. It’s not fast, flying at only 80 miles per hour. It has two different kinds of cameras plus laser range-finders and laser pointers.
The Unmanned Vehicles Have Survivability
Surprisingly, the drones have not been as detectable to Russian air defenses. As Saikiran Kannan of India Today has described it, “Key aspects like low visibility and detectability, thanks to the low radar cross-section values of the TB2 and the ability to have the datalink complexes stay below the electromagnetic jamming envelopes of principal Russian electronic warfare systems like Krasukha-4, have made the TB2 drones slick and agile,” Kannan wrote.
The Bayraktar is having success, but the Ukrainians need more drones. Additional operators must be trained to pilot the aircraft. New units will likely be deployed around Kyiv and other besieged cities.
While the United States has utilized drones for targeted assassinations against individual leaders during the war on terror, this is one of the first times, outside the Azerbaijan and Armenia matchup in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war, that unmanned conflict has been decisive in mechanized maneuver war.