Three Bayraktar TB-2 UAVs, donated to Ukrainian war effort by their Turkish manufacturer Baykar, are almost ready to ship to Ukraine, Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar said in a Twitter post on July 1.
“Promises kept: three Bayraktar TB-2 drones are getting final touches before being transferred to Ukraine at no charge, via the People’s Bayraktar initiative,” said Bodnar.
Bodnar also thanked Selcuk and Haluk Bayraktar – Chairman and CEO of Baykar, respectively – for their generosity.
Ukrainian TV presenter and activist Serhiy Prytula, together with blogger Ihor Lachenkov, raised UAH 600 million ($20 million) to purchase Bayraktar drones for Ukrainian armed forces. While they campaigned to raise enough money in a week to cover three drones, the goal was met an exceeded in just three days.
Baykar then announced it will ship three Bayraktars to Ukraine free of charge, and requested the funds are directed to Ukrainian humanitarian charities.
Another Bayraktar TB-2 had already been donated to Ukraine, after it was funded via a charity drive spearheaded by Lithuanian journalist Andrius Tapinas, who managed to raise EUR 5 million ($5.2 million) for the cause.