Russia makes Bayraktar bid — Analysis

Erdogan reveals Putin made a suggestion for Turkish drones at the moment provided to Ukraine

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has revealed that each Russia and the United Arab Emirates are interested by cooperating with Baykar, the corporate making the Bayraktar and Akinci strike drones. A number of media retailers in Turkey reported this on Tuesday, citing Erdogan’s remarks at a gathering of prime AK social gathering officers the night prior. The revelation has precipitated a stir, since Baykar has exported about 50 drones to Ukraine simply this 12 months.

The UAE supplied to construct a Baykar manufacturing facility, whereas Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned “let’s work collectively,” Erdogan informed the social gathering officers on Monday, in accordance with CNN Turk. The reporting was echoed by different retailers, akin to TGRT and Haber 7.

No extra particulars had been on provide, besides that Putin’s alleged proposal got here throughout final week’s assembly in Tehran, the place he and Erdogan met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to debate the peace course of in Syria and different issues.

Erdogan introduced up the gives within the context of praising the accomplishments of Turkey’s navy business forward of the social gathering anniversary celebrations developing in August.

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Baykar makes the Bayraktar TB2 and Akinci strike drones, which had been credited with serving to Azerbaijan defeat Armenia within the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh struggle. Ukraine ordered a dozen of them previous to the outbreak of combating with Russia, and has acquired a complete of fifty since February, in accordance with the Protection Ministry in Kiev. 

The TB2 drones have additionally been utilized in Libya and Syria, however have allegedly fared much less effectively in opposition to Russian air defenses in Ukraine. Kiev now reportedly reserves them just for “particular missions.” 

Simply final week, Baykar CEO Haluk Bayraktar informed CNN that his firm would “by no means” promote drones to Russia. 

“There’s a strategic relationship between Turkey and Ukraine, particularly within the area of aviation and house,” he mentioned. “Turkey helps Ukraine with armed drone know-how. We didn’t transmit or provide something to Russia.”

Russia has used domestically-produced scouting and strike drones in Ukraine. Earlier this month, the US accused Moscow of wanting to purchase a whole bunch of strike drones from Iran. Tehran denied the declare.

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