Canadian company suspends delivery of aircraft engines used on Turkish military drones

A Canadian vehicle manufacturer hassuspended the delivery of aircraft engines to Turkey following reports that some of its engines are being used on Turkish combat drones deployed by ally Azerbaijan in its conflict against Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Canadian broadcaster CBC reported on Sunday.

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) says it became aware late last week that some of the recreational aircraft engines produced by Rotax - the company’s Austrian subsidiary - are being used on the Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone, it said.

Earlier this month, Canada suspended arms exports to Turkey as it investigates the use of Canadian technology in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, following a probe into allegations that Azeri forces have been using Canadian weapons technologies originally exported to Turkey.

"We have recently been made aware that some Rotax engines are currently used in military UAVs, and have started a thorough investigation immediately," CBC cited Martin Langelier, BPR's senior vice president and the company's spokesperson, as telling Radio Canada International.

In the meantime, the company is suspending delivery of aircraft engines in countries with "unclear usage," Langelier said.

Turkey, a key ally of Baku with close cultural and linguistic ties with Azerbaijan, has thrown its full support behind the country while calling on Armenia to give up its “aggression” after heavy fighting erupted in Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh late September.