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Export leader changed in Turkish defense industry

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Defense company Baykar topped the list of major exporters of Turkish military products for the first time. The Assembly of Exporters of the country named the leading companies in arms supplies abroad, reports today, June 14, the state news agency Anadolu.

For the first time in many years, the export leader of the Turkish defense industry has changed. Drone maker Baykar pushed Türk Havacılık ve Uzay Sanayii AŞ (TUSAŞ) to second place.

The Bayraktar TB2 and Bayraktar Akıncı combat unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) produced by Baykar have achieved a significant increase in demand for their products in recent years. The company’s revenues are constantly growing thanks to new export contracts. Last year, the manufacturer exported $664 million worth of reconnaissance drones, which secured it the top spot in the Turkish defense sector. This amount corresponds to more than 80 percent of the company’s turnover for 2021.

Baykar specialists have developed the Bayraktar Mini UAV, as well as the Bayraktar TB2 ve Bayraktar Akıncı drones. All three devices are successfully used not only by the Turkish army, but are also actively supplied abroad, the publication says.

Currently, Baykar engineers are working on new, more advanced drones Bayraktar DİHA, Bayraktar TB3 and Bayraktar Kızılelma.

Bayraktar TB2 is the most demanded Turkish UAV in the world, exported to a number of foreign countries. Up to 93 percent of components for Bayraktar TB2 are produced in Turkey itself.

For the supply of Bayraktar Akıncı, contracts have already been signed with three foreign partners. Export deliveries of these UAVs will begin in 2023, the Anatolian Agency notes.

As reported EADaily, Turkish authorities have previously claimed that the country has become the fourth largest producer of combat drones in the world. Baykar Company, co-owned and directed by Seljuk Bayraktarson-in-law of the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has sold Bayraktar TB2 drones to Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Qatar and Libya. In May 2021, Poland purchased 24 UAVs from Turkey, becoming the first NATO member country to purchase these military products from Ankara. In the Western media after the war in Karabakh in the fall of 2020, publications appeared stating that the Turkish Bayraktars were “changing the military balance in the region.”

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