Two West African countries and supposed members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Mali and Burkina-Faso have dispatched combat aircrafts to Niamey, Niger, to respond to any attack on Niger by ECOWAS forces.
The countries dispatched three Super Tucano light combat attack aircrafts, two Bayraktar TB2 attack drones and one Mi-35M attack helicopter to counter any attack the Niger by ECOWAS forces.
The Bayraktar TB2 is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) capable of remotely controlled or autonomous flight operations. It is manufactured by the Turkish company Baykar Makina Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., primarily for the Turkish Armed Forces. The aircraft are monitored and controlled by an aircrew in a ground control station, including weapons employment. The development of the UAV has been largely credited to Selçuk Bayraktar, a former MIT graduate student.