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Turkey: The Rising Drone Power


Main Image Credit The Anka-S UAV, which carried out Turkey’s first ‘satellite-controlled’ airstrike. Courtesy of N13s013


Poor relations with the West have spurred Turkey’s investment in an indigenous drone capability.

In December 2020, the UK’s defence secretary, Ben Wallace, stated that Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones were an example of how other countries were now ‘leading the way’ in modern warfare. His words went viral in the Turkish ‘Twittersphere’ where many Turkish journalists and security analysts took pride in the fact that a major Western country was acknowledging the burgeoning success of their country’s indigenous UAV programme. A number of Western journalists and analysts seem

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