Kosovo Receives Turkish-Made Drones

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.


Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti examining a Bayraktar TB2.
Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti examining a Bayraktar TB2.

“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.


Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti and his staff with one of their first delivered drones.
Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti and his staff with one of their first delivered drones.

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.

Mike Godwin
Mike Godwinhttp://mikereports.org
Mike Godwin is a freelance journalist who focuses on defense and security matters in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, as well as NATO, Russia, and the Black Sea. He is a combat veteran of the United States Army and currently lives in Tbilisi, Georgia where he operates his journalism, analysis, and OSINT brand, MikeReports.

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