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Saudi Arabia in discussion to buy armed drones from Turkey


On March 16, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Saudi Arabia has requested to buy armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey.

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Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicle at IDEF defense exhibition in Turkey, May 2017 (Picture source Army Recognition)


Speaking during a press briefing, Erdogan also voiced his displeasure at the kingdom’s decision to conduct joint air exercises with Turkey’s longstanding rival Greece:

Saudi Arabia is conducting joint exercises with Greece”,  Erdogan said. “Yet at the same time, Saudi Arabia is asking us for armed drones. Our hope is to solve this issue calmly without getting heated.”

 

For now, the requested drones are undisclosed. Currently, the Vestel Karayel, TAI Anka, Bayraktar TB2 and the still in progress Akinci could fit to the description.