Emergent player – Turkey’s drone industry

Spurred on in the early 2000s by the growing international unmanned market, Turkey developed an indigenous drone industry and has become a significant UAV player

The history of Turkey’s rise as a verifiable developer and exporter of unmanned aerial systems can be charted back to attempts to acquire US and Israeli aircraft in the mid- to late-2000s – efforts that, for a number of reasons, purportedly did not meet Ankara’s hopes or intentions.

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The Bayraktar platform, seen here in prototype form, has been widely distributed among Turkey’s armed forces. Baykar

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