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Turkey going full speed ahead with ambitious drone projects

The Turkish defense industry continues intensive work to develop long-range armed drones and cruise missiles, seeking to gain preemptive strike capability to eliminate threats at their source.

Turkey has successfully test-fired its first cruise missile with a warhead capable of penetrating a concrete bunker. The SOM-B2 test is part of Ankara's efforts to develop a self-sufficient defense industry and decrease Turkey's dependence on foreign arms producers.

Also part of that effort — though it might seem counterintuitive — Turkey's leading drone producer, Baykar Makina, is teaming up with Ukrainian company Ukrspecexport on Turkey's twin-engine, high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) drone called Akinci (Raider). 

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