According to Daily Sabah, Romania’s Ministry of National Defense has granted a contract worth $321 million to Turkish drone magnate Baykar Defense to purchase Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs).
Haluk Bayraktar, general manager at Baykar, also confirmed the contract, saying that Romania, “which has long-standing friendship and strong ties based on mutual trust,” has joined the list of countries that have taken the high-tech Bayraktar TB2 UCAV into its inventory.
“As Baykar, we are proud of exporting to 2 EU member countries and 3 NATO member countries together with Romania,”Bayraktar tweet
In September last year, we announced Romania’s intention to buy 18 drones at around $300 million.
The price of Bayraktar TB2 drones varies depending on the equipment, starting from $1 million to $5 million, according to open sources specializing in defense products.
The Bayraktar TB2 has a reputation as being the best in its class in the world based on its technical features and the operations it has been used in, entering the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in 2014.
They are currently actively used by the Ukrainian army for defense purposes in the ongoing war with Russia, which is important in destroying Russian military gear from howitzers and tanks to air defense systems and marine platforms.
After receiving them, Romania will be the second European Union nation, following Poland, to utilize TB2s and the third European NATO member state to acquire these drones, aside from Türkiye.