PARIS, France - Kuwait has signed a contract worth $376 million with Turkey to purchase Bayraktar TB2 drones, a Turkish defense firm announced on Tuesday.
The deal was concluded through direct negotiations between the two governments, according to the Kuwaiti army. The statement did not reveal how many drones would be delivered to Kuwait or when.
The Bayraktar TB2 is a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles that can carry our reconnaissance and strike missions. It has a range of 150 kilometers and can carry up to four laser-guided missiles.
The drone has gained international recognition for its performance in conflicts in Syria, Libya and Azerbaijan, where it helped Turkish-baked forces fain the upper hand against their adversaries. It has also been used by Ukraine’s military to counter Russian aggression.
Kuwait is the 28th country in the world to acquire the Kayraktar TB2 drones, which are produced by Baykar, a Turkish defense company founded by the father of President Recept Tayyip Erdogan’s son-in-low.
The contract reflects the growing defense cooperation between Kuwait and Turkey, which are both members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and NATO. The two countries have also signed agreements on military training, joint exercises and security consultation.