Superpowers consider cooperation with Ankara on drones, says Turkish president

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ANKARA

Some superpowers around the world are seeking to make “joint investments” with Turkey in unmanned aerial vehicles, the country’s president said on Saturday.

“We talked about it with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin yesterday. We also talked about it in Tehran. Now there are superpowers in the world who want to make joint investments with us in this area as well,” Recep said. Tayyip Erdogan at an event. in the northwestern province of Kocaeli.

Erdogan added that Turkish-made drones, including the Bayraktar TB2 armed drones, were in demand among the countries.

Earlier, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that in a meeting last month in the Iranian capital Tehran, Putin conveyed to Erdogan a request to purchase Bayraktar-like drones.

“The world now accepts the battlefield-proven capabilities of our armed drones to rewrite doctrines of warfare,” he added.

Today, when people talk about “unmanned combat aerial vehicles”, Turkey is the first country that comes to mind, the president said.

“Turkey, which once imported even the most basic defense needs, now sells billions of dollars worth of high-tech products to many countries,” Erdogan added.

Turkish-made unmanned aerial vehicles are attracting worldwide attention after proving their worth in Türkiye’s counter-terrorism operations, in the ongoing war in Ukraine and previously in the 2020 Azerbaijan-Armenia war.

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