Turkish military drones 'proven and effective': Polish defence minister

Canan Sarıtepe
25 May 2021, 17:02
Canan Sarıtepe
25 May 2021, 17:02

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Tuesday that Turkey's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are "proven and effective" and will empower the Polish armed forces. His statements came during a press conference in Ankara alongside his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar, following a meeting between defence delegations of both nations.

Recalling Monday's agreement to purchase Bayraktar TB2 drones, he said Poland signed the contract to "buy the best weapons" for its army.

"It is a proven and effective weapon. It will significantly strengthen the capabilities and potential of the Polish army," he continued.

Poland will buy 24 Bayraktar TB2 drones from Turkey's Baykar company. It is the first time a NATO and EU member state acquired drones from Turkey.

Noting that they also discussed further areas of military cooperation with Turkey, the minister said: "We share the threats that concern our countries, but also the entire North Atlantic Alliance. We are trying to find the best answers to these threats."

The Turkish minister said that the Bayraktar TB2 drones have been tested in various fields, not only inside Turkey but also abroad. "Therefore, everyone agrees on the success of UAVs ... there is no doubt about that," Akar added.

Bayraktar TB2 entered the inventory of the Turkish army in 2014 and are currently used by several other countries, including Ukraine, Qatar, and Azerbaijan.

Turkish drones are also said to have played a crucial role in last year's six-week war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan managed to liberate Nagorno-Karabakh and other territories with the support of Turkey.