Turkey has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of armed unmanned aerial vehicles in just 15 years, French newspaper Le Monde said on Friday.
The newspaper examined Turkish Armed Drones (SIHA) under a separate title, “Technology for Turkish Foreign Policy,” in a report on armed unmanned aerial vehicles.
Two suicide drones, Kargu-2, produced by the Turkish defense company STM, played an important role in the conflict between the legitimate Libyan government and the warlord General Khalifa Haftar in the spring of 2020, he said. .
The rise of Turkish drones in the Turkish defense industry market and their widespread use on the battlefield was also highlighted as an “indisputable phenomenon”.
“In just 15 years, the country has taken its place among the world’s leading manufacturers with the desire to compete with American, Israeli and Chinese models,” said Le Monde.
He also stressed that Turkish drones such as Kargu, Bayraktar, Anka, Karayel and Alpagu are not only “efficient but also affordable”.
And Turkish drones have started to be used in cross-border operations since 2016, he said. “The increasingly effective Turkish drones have changed the balance of power not only in Libya but also in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Azerbaijan, Qatar, Ukraine, Tunisia and NATO ally Poland have bought armed Turkish drones. And Latvia, Hungary, Albania, as well as other countries, have shown interest in SIHAs, Le Monde said.