You are here


Turkey’s Drones: Assessing Capability, Goals and Implications

28 May 2021, 14:00
What are Turkey’s calculations and ambitions for its military drones programme? What are the implications for regional conflicts from Turkey’s increased use of drones across the Middle East and North Africa?

With its rapid expansion of domestic development and production, Turkey is increasingly considered an emerging drone power. Turkey’s use of armed UAVs in conflict zones such as Syria, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh, northern Iraq and the Eastern Mediterranean has spurred the rise of drone warfare across the region. This shift is contributing to a regional environment in which countries intervene in conflicts with assumed lower risks and political ramifications, but with the ability to still project power and significantly influence developments on the ground.

This event provides deeper insights into Turkey’s calculations and ambitions for its drone programme, as well as implications for the region and for the proliferation and usage of drones in conflict zones.

Opening remarks: Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Senior Research Fellow and lead of the Unpacking the MENA programme, RUSI


  • Dr Can Kasapoglu, Director of the Security and Defense Research Program, EDAM think tank
  • Haluk Bayraktar, CEO, Baykar defence company
  • Dr Ash Rossiter, Associate Fellow, RUSI
  • Dr Ulrike Franke, Senior Fellow, ECFR


Dr Ziya Meral, Senior Associate Fellow, RUSI

This event is in partnership with the Circle Foundation and is open to all. The event is being held on Zoom, please register before 27 May 2021. If you have any questions please email Sabrina Downey at

Open to All

Event Manager

Sabrina Downey
Director, Projects and Events
+44 (0)20 7747 2622

In association with

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Support Rusi Research