On the 24th of May, during the Polish delegation visit in Turkey, the agreement for the four Bayraktar TB2 UAV systems was signed. According to the Polish Defence Ministry it cost USD 270 mln.
Under the agreement Turkey will deliver four systems to Poland. Each of them consists of six unmanned combat aerial vehicles Bayraktar TB2 with mobile ground control stations, simulators, spare parts supply. Additional agreement will also cover rocket missiles MAM-L and MAM-C, as well as additional equipment. The Turkish party granted a 24-month warranty for the delivered machines, and the logistic-training bundle. The delivery will be performed within 2022-24.
Under the regulations of the agreement the technology transfer will be granted etitling to servicing and repairing of the aerial vehicles equipment as well as the ground equipment. The Polish Defence Ministry does not indicate the know-how destination and which Polish entity will perform the local servicing. Moreover, no reports detail whether the unmanned vehicles will be delivered in Canadian equipment configuration (embargoed) or the Turkish configuration (engine and optoelectronic head).
The government still keeps secret the Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicles details. Interestingly, the first pieces of news detailing the purchase of the armament appeared as the defense department answer for a parliamentary interpellation (February this year), the Defence Ministry answered that there is the analytical and conceptual stage of the Gladius programme taking place (unmanned reconnaissance and strike system). Perhaps it (not the Gryf program) analysis and the subsequent purchase of the Turkish system were carried out.
Poland has been the first export success for the Bayraktar TB2 among the NATO countries. Hungary, as it is indicated as the subsequent (potential) client from the Treaty, will likely follow Poland.