Kosovo has received a set of several Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs), or drones, that were part of a purchase order in early May.
“We have added the Bayraktar TB2 UAVs, which we purchased from Türkiye as a state, to our army’s inventory,” Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti stated excitedly on social media.
“During our two-year administration, we have increased the number of soldiers by over 80% and the military budget by over 100%. Kosovo is now even safer,” he added while posing for pictures alongside his Defense Minister, Armend Mehaj, and comander of the Kosovo Security Forces Bashkim Jashari.
According to Kurti, drone operators in Kosovo, a partially recognized state some still see as a part of Serbia, have already completed their training with the Turkish-made platform now famous for its air support roles in Ukraine, Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkey, Syria, and Libya.
Kosovo has promised to increase the size of their armed forces to at least 5,000 active duty service members with a minimum of 3,000 reservists. The total cost incurred and number of the drones delivered is not confirmed.