Turkish drone manufacturer Baykar dismissed a report claiming that the country owed its success in developing sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to technology imported from the United Kingdom.
The report by British daily The Guardian published Wednesday alleged that “vital assistance” from Brighton-based EDO MBM Technology in the form of supplying the Hornet missile racks helped Turkey become a major player in the armed drone manufacturing industry. According to the report, Bayraktar TB2 – Turkey’s most effective armed UAV to date made by Baykar – would be unable to fire missiles during tests if not for the British-supplied technology.
However, Selçuk Bayraktar, chief technology officer at Baykar and the developer of the TB2, refuted the claims made by The Guardian. “We never got it from you. It is very expensive (and) it does not work in all cases. We have designed and produced a much more advanced, cost-effective version of our own,” Bayraktar said in a tweet.
The Bayraktar TB2 system, which has fully autonomous taxi, take-off, normal cruising and landing capability with its three-redundant avionics systems and sensor fusion architecture, has been actively used since 2014 as the first national tactical unmanned aerial vehicle system included in the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) inventory. The drones have since played a major role in Turkish security forces’ anti-terror operations at home and abroad.