In his visit to the Gulf this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan scored what was described as the largest defense deal in his country’s history.
The stakes were high for the president desperately looking to direct more foreign investment into his country, beset by financial difficulties and hampered by sky-high inflation.
But when Erdogan visited Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Baykar, an Istanbul-based defense firm owned by the family of the president’s youngest son-in-law, announced that it would sell an unspecified number of Bayaraktar Akinci high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) drones to the kingdom.
Here, there, everywhere
Since Turkey started selling Baykar drones in 2019, the weapons have been used in conflict zones all over the world, including Ukraine, Nagorno-Karabakh, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Ethiopia and Somalia.