Turkish military begins to use unmanned ground vehicles

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have started using unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), a statement from the Ministry of National Defense said Wednesday.

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Turkish drones rose to worldwide prominence following their deployment in Syria and Libya by the TSK and in Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan’s army, paving the way for more export deals.

They dominated Bashar Assad regime ground forces during clashes in Idlib province in February-March 2020 with smart ammunition and joint use with Turkish fighter jets that conducted flights over the country’s airspace.

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In Nagorno-Karabakh, the Turkish UAVs dealt a heavy blow to Armenian occupying forces. Defense experts later said the swift Baku victory was partially thanks to the use of Turkish and Israeli-made drones.

The Bayraktar TB2 has been sold to several countries, including Ukraine, Qatar, Azerbaijan and Poland.