The deadly combat weapons, already tested by Turkey in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh and Ukraine, have been and will be provided to Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Poland, Qatar and Ukraine with no doubt more to come.
Kyrgyzstan is becoming the latest buyer of renowned Turkish combat drones in an effort to rev up its defense industry capabilities, a senior official announced late Thursday.
Kamchybek Tashiev, the deputy prime minister of Kyrgyzstan and chairperson of the State Committee for National Security, said they placed an order to buy Turkish drone magnate Baykar-made Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs).
The Central Asian nation will be taking the delivery of the drones soon, Tashiev told reporters.
Noting that a limited number of countries in the world possess Turkish armed drones, Tashiev said “Kyrgyzstan will be one of them.”
Earlier this week, Turkey announced Angola had requested to acquire its drones, a week after it was reported to have expanded the export of the aerial vehicles by negotiating deals with Morocco and Ethiopia.
Ukraine and Turkey’s NATO partner Poland have also ordered the UCAVs….
The Bayraktar TB2 entered the Turkish army’s inventory in 2014 and is currently used by several other countries including Qatar and Azerbaijan.
The cutting-edge vehicles were effectively used over the years in cross-border counterterror military operations such as Euphrates Shield, Olive Branch and Spring Shield [in] areas near the Syrian border from terrorist groups.
Turkish drones are also said to have played a crucial role in last year’s six-week conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.