​Norwegian People Join the "Bayraktar for Ukraine" Initiative

Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) / Photo credit: AFP
Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) / Photo credit: AFP

Crowdfunding of Bayraktar TB2 drones becomes a worldwide trend: following the Lithuanians and the Poles, Norwegian people start gathering money to bring this famous weapon to the Ukrainian Army

The initiator of the new fundraiser is a Norwegian lawyer Bengt Erik Waldow. The goal is to collect 55 million NOK (roughly 5.5 mln USD) in 80 days. This is the fourth fundraiser we’ve seen so far.

The previous ones were started by Lithuania (successfully funded one Bayraktar TB2), Poland (in progress, 75% of a drone’s sum) and Ukraine itself – successfully gathered enough money to buy four drones, but so far we know that the producer of these unmanned vehicles Baykar Makina agreed to give three units for free.

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Bayraktar TB2 of the Ukrainian Armed Forces
Bayraktar TB2 of the Ukrainian Armed Forces / Archive illustrative photo / Credit: Petro Poroshenko

It should be noted, though, that this is the second time such a campaign has been launched in Norway. According to the crowdfunding platform Spleis, earlier Bengt Erik Waldow launched the same fundraiser, but closed it shortly and the next day re-opened it, now with the ultimate beneficiary stated as Ukraine's Embassy in the Kingdom of Norway.

Spleis Bayraktar fundraiser
The fundraiser started on July 8 / Screenshot desktop
According to Spleis, everyone who donates $25 or more will contribute to the decision on the name of the unmanned combat aerial vehicle.

"We need less than ten kroner from each Norwegian," says the author of this initiative. If the fundraiser doesn’t reach the set goal, it is said to be gifted to the Ukrainian Embassy's relief fund.

There is also an interesting detail: Waldow said in the comments that according to his sources, the Swedes are also launching a similar campaign, but Defense Express couldn’t confirm this.

As Defense Express earlier reported, while Norwegians are collecting money for the Bayraktar TB2, Ukraine is assembling its entire "Army of Drones". As of July 18, this fund has collected almost $17.3 mln in total.

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