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IDEX 2023: Bayraktar TB2 to dominate Middle East UAV spending

17th February 2023 - 16:00 GMT | by Matty Todhunter in London


The UAE's order for TB2 UAS may include significant work for local industry. (Photo: Baykar)

Nearly two-thirds of spending on unawarded UAS programmes in the Middle East could be accounted for by procurement of TB2s.

With IDEX 2023 around the corner, $5.56 billion remains available from unwarded Middle Eastern UAV programmes, 10.65% of the $52.26 billion available in UAV programmes globally, according to Shephard Defence Insight data.

Source: Shephard Defence Insight

$1.77 billion of this unawarded money is forecast to be spent on the Bayraktar TB2. The UAV is popular in the region, with $3.96 billion forecast to be spent on the platform between 2016 and 2026. 

This accounts for 66.58% of forecast global spending on the platform in this period, more than quadruple the forecasted TB2 spending of any other region.

Source: Shephard

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Matty Todhunter


Matty Todhunter

Matty Todhunter is the UAS Analyst for Shephard Media's Defence Insight. Before joining Shephard, Matty graduated with …

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