During the working visit to Khmelnytskyi region, President Petro Poroshenko took part in the testing of Bayraktar combat UAV of Turkish production.
“According to its characteristics, this drone is one of the best. Bayraktar beat the world record in the class of tactical medium-sized unmanned aerial vehicles for the duration of the flight, staying aloft for more than a day at an altitude of eight kilometers. It can carry missile weapons, successfully destroying the enemy’s fortifications, including striking naval targets,” the Head of State emphasized.
According to Petro Poroshenko, when the Ukrainian side turned to the Turkish President and frankly told about this urgent need, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan acted as a true friend and strategic partner – the talks were quick and today these UAVs are already in Ukraine. The Head of State thanked his Turkish colleague.
“With the arrival of Bayraktar UAVs, our ability to confront the enemy will increase significantly. It is said that the emergence of the American “Stingers” in Afghanistan was a turning point in the Soviet reckless actions in this country. I believe that the Turkish combat drones, American Javelin missile systems, other weapons provided by our partners, domestic products of the defense industry will significantly increase the price of the brutal aggression of the Kremlin against Ukraine,” the Head of State stressed.
The President noted that during the successful testing of the UAV today, the accuracy of hitting the target was less than one meter of deviation.
“I instruct the Chief of the General Staff, the Minister of Defense to take all necessary measures to accelerate the training of Ukrainian soldiers, inter alia, in Turkey. Complete the whole cycle of arming as soon as possible and report to me when the UAVs will be transferred directly to the touch line,” the President said.
“The same thing should be done with Javelin missile systems. I instruct the Minister to accelerate negotiations on new purchases with our American partners,” he added.
The President noted that the work on the provision of new armament to the Armed Forces would be continued.