Supplies and losses of Turkish UAVs Bayraktar TB2 Libyan National Unity Government
On May 14, 2019, UAV fighters shot down a UAV in the Al-Dzhufra region, but it was not possible to identify its type from the wreckage. On May 29, 2019, the SP-PNS released a video of the high-precision UAV air strike on the All-Russian Union of Artists in Bin-Gashir. Later, open sources reported that the SP-PNS received the first batch of four Bayraktar TB2 UAVs, possibly delivered by the Amazon.Bayraktar TB2 UCAV over Tripoli (4 June 2019)
On June 4, 2019, confidential sources first reported an assembly of UAVs in Misrata. On June 9, 2019, thanks to the video recording that appeared on social networks, it was possible to establish that we are talking about Bayraktar TB2 manufactured by the Turkish company Baykar Makina.
Since then, in social networks in a regular, routine manner there have been reports of “Bayraktara TB2” operating from Mitigi and Misrata. It is known that on June 6–7, 2019, two Bairaktar TB2 UAVs were destroyed as a result of BCX airstrikes at the Misrat Aviation School, and on June 30, 2019, the BCX shot down another, however, the available reports indicate that the combat losses were much higher:
In late May and early June 2019, a second batch arrived, probably counting eight Bayraktar TB2 UAVs, to compensate for combat losses and increase operational capabilities. In response to this, the All-Russian Union of Artists planned, and on August 15, 2019 launched a high-precision strike on the hangars of the Misrat Aviation School, which were recently built to house the “Bayraktarov TB2”. On August 18, 2019, the All-Russian Air Force carried out additional attacks on the territory of the aerodrome, expanding their radius to destroy more new infrastructure and UAV support facilities.
The high percentage of losses of Bayraktar TB2 UAV as a result of strikes by the All-Russian Union of Aviation and the Vin Moon II UAV resulted in the appearance of a third consignment of Bayraktarov TB2 in Misrata at the end of August 2019, delivered by Ukrainian airlines on the An-12 and IL-76TD aircraft. In total, at least 16 UAVs were delivered.
The operation and maintenance of UAVs is not an easy task, requiring several months of technical training and training practice. Military units associated with the SP-PNS or the All-Union Military Union (given what is now known about their capabilities) are not capable of it. It seems likely that in parallel with operations, local personnel are being trained “in working order”, but in the near future, their training is unlikely to reach a full level.