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The success in Ukraine assured the drone manufacturer


Model Bayraktar Akıncı. Photo source: BaykarTech.com.

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Turkish company Baykar Makina Sanayi ve Ticaret AS, which manufactures and supplies Ukraine with Bayraktar drones, so useful to Kiev in its defense battle against Russian invasion forces, said it currently has production capabilities that allow it to build a number of 20 drones per month, and orders are secured, at this rate of production, for the next three years, writes Bloomberg.

“The TB2 and Akıncı drones are in mass production and we have demand for both. For example, for Bayraktar TB2, we have export contracts with 22 different countries,” said Haluk Bayraktar, CEO of the Turkish company, in an interview last week with the Ukrainian “Come Back Alive” foundation.

Baykar, which is also working on an unmanned aerial vehicle project called Bayraktar Kızılelma, plans to further increase its production capacity and hopes to achieve this by building a factory in Ukraine itself, where all the drones would be assembled the three models of military drones – TB2, Akıncı and the new Kızılelma model.

Haluk Bayraktar is the brother of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son-in-law, Selçuk Bayraktar.

Construction of an R&D facility and an advanced manufacturing center is already underway, he said, adding:

“We see Ukraine as our strategic partner. We also want to make Ukraine an important production base of ours.”

Turkey’s doubleheader

In the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, starting on February 24, Turkey intended and succeeded in maintaining cordial and close relations with both Ukraine and Russia, repeatedly announcing its willingness to play the role of mediator in this crisis.

On the one hand, Baykar supplies military drones to Ukraine, which uses them with maximum efficiency in the fight against the Russian invaders, even envisaging the construction of a factory in the invaded country. On the other hand, Turkey’s exports to Russia reached an eight-year high in the first half of this year, up to $2.9 billion.

In a recent interview with the RBK newspaper, Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey, Vasili Bodnar, said that the Baykar factory in Ukraine could enter the production of drones as early as the end of 2023.

Since the start of the Russian invasion, Kiev has received 50 TB2 drones from the company, according to a June statement by Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov.

At the end of July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan played a major role in negotiating an agreement between Russia and Ukraine to resume grain exports through Ukrainian Black Sea ports. Erdoğan also maintains close ties with Vladimir Putin, who publicly praised him for his efforts during talks on the issue.