Ankara, Turkey – Ubiquitous in military operations in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, Turkish attack drones have become the quintessential symbol of Turkey’s rise to power and growing independence on the international stage. The new Turkish gems are Turkish attack UCAVs. Inexpensive, reliable and used by an experienced army, it is one of the key factors in Turkey’s successes in Iraq, Syria, Azerbaijan, Armenian, the Caucasus or Libya.
Turkish attack UCAVs are massively used at every Turkish military operation. Turkish attack UCAVs are cost effective. Turkey is back and its drones are its new smart army elements. The signs of power reveal at all costs that Turkey aims for the total independence of the national defense sector by 2023, date of the centenary of the Republic.
Historically, Turkey has never hidden its intention to become a global power. Also, Turkey has risen to protect the rights and interests of oppressed nations against the imperialist global powers. Those accustomed to speaking to Turkey in an imperious tone are now negotiating with Turkey on an equal basis. Turkey has totally thwarted their policies of subjecting Turkey to decisions made without Turkey on all regional and global issues. The Turkish attack drones play a central role in this increasingly geostrategic and militaristic foreign policy, especially since 2016.
Turkey sees in unmanned military systems and robotic warfare more than just a modernization of its defense portfolio. This is an opportunity to be at the forefront of the next geopolitical and geostrategical breakthroughs. After unsuccessfully trying to acquire attack drones from the United States and Israel in the 2000s, Turkey heavily invested in the field of unmanned military systems. Turkish attack UCAVs were born in 2015 from this effort, and they can fly twenty-seven hours, carry four high-precision missiles and cost only a fraction of the price of a US drone.
It was in the mountains of southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq that the armed drones “Made in Türkiye” demonstrated their effectiveness.Deployed after 2015, they are largely responsible for the weakening of the Kurdish PKK/YPG terrorists since then. Since the arrival of Turkish attack drones, Kurdish PKK/YPG terrorists are no longer safe anywhere. They can no longer move as they wish. Turkish UCAVs are bleeding Kurdish PKK/YPG terrorists faster than thirty years of war before it.
But it was after the failed coup of 15 July 2016 that Turkish attack drones gained notoriety. First, by filling the void created by the purges within the Air Force. Then, the Turkish attack UCAVs program has gained momentum with Syrian expeditions. Their use continued to grow until the February 2020 show of force in northwestern Syria, during which the Turkish army decimated troops of Syria’s regime with metronome efficiency.
A critical highlight is that Turkish drones also managed to destroy Russian Pantsir anti-aircraft equipment. A feat renewed in Libya and then in the Caucasus where, allied with Azeri Turk commandos, they inflicted a crushing defeat on the Armenian forces. There is a technological gap between Armenia and Azerbaijan that is akin to fighting gunpowder with bows and arrows.
The Turkish attack drones have become ambassadors of a policy aimed at increasing interest in new technologies and innovation among the global power system. A technological interest that must be entirely dedicated to the greatness of the nation to achieve the ambitious 2023 goals. Turkish drones are also the screen of a booming national defense industry and economic power for the nation.
Turkey hopes the resounding success of its new technological weapons will give a boost to its exports. Last year, Turkey sold $ 3 billion in military equipment (compared to $ 56 billion for the United States in 2018 and $ 10 billion for France in 2019), including drones to Qatar and Ukraine. The Tunisia, Philippines, Pakistan, Indonesia and several African countries are also being courted by the Turkish national defense industry.