Turkish drone maker to build factory in Ukraine

Turkish drone maker to build factory in Ukraine
Update: 10 September 2022 17:18
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Ukrainian President Zelenskyy announced that Turkish defense firm Baykar will build a factory in in Ukraine to make armed drones

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday Turkish Baykar would set up a factory in Ukraine to make unmanned aerial vehicles after meeting with the head of defense company

"We discussed the details of the construction of the Baykar factory in Ukraine and the production of new goods using Ukrainian components," Zelenskyy said after he met with Baykar Chief Executive Haluk Bayraktar in Kyiv.

A video showed Zelenskyy giving Bayraktar the Ukrainian Order of Merit. In return, Zelenskyy received a traditional embroidered Ukrainian shirt featuring a drone.

Baykar's Bayraktar TB2 drone has been hugely popular in Ukraine, where it helped destroy many Russian artillery systems and armored vehicles. Ukraine has bought more than TB2s in recent years.

"I would like to thank Mr. President, who deemed me worthy of this precious reward. I will continue to strive for a world where peace and justice prevail," Bayraktar said on Twitter.

Bayraktar says the TB2 has by now been exported to more than 22 countries. 

"We as Baykar are manufacturing more than 200 (TB2) units for the year. Capacity will increase by multiples soon. We are ramping up", said Bayraktar in a previous interview with Reuters. "It's reliable, it's proven, and its cost to performance ratio, compared to other assets, is very attractive."