Djibouti is officially the latest user of the Turkish-built and combat-proven Bayraktar TB2 armed drone.
Djibouti’s Bayraktar TB2 drone was displayed for the first time during a military parade to mark the country’s 45th independence anniversary.
A video showing Turkish-made Bayraktar TB-2 armed drones of the Djiboutian Air Force being transported by trucks during the 45th parade of Independance in June 6th 2022. Some of the drones shown were armed with MAM-L guided missiles on their hardpoint.
Baykar, the Turkish company that developed the combat drone, on its official Twitter account made a statement regarding the independence anniversary;
“We celebrate the 45th independence anniversary of the friendly and brotherly country Djibouti,” the statement read.
Since April, students from Djibouti military have been training in Turkey under Jon Parker FRAeS, a former fighter pilot in the Royal Navy and a flying instructor, for close to two months to fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Djiboutian drone pilots graduated on 16 June from the Gebze Technical University in Turkey.
So far, twenty-two countries have now purchased the TB2 drones, Ethiopia and Nigér being the latest to officially unveil them.
The battle-proven drone Bayraktar TB2 has been used in Syria, Libya, Karabakh and now Ukraine.
The Bayraktar TB2 drone has enjoyed wide patronage in Africa, and has been successfully exported to Nigér, Libya, Ethiopia, and Morocco.