Turkey says Malaysia, Indonesia eyeing purchase of TB-2 Bayraktar drones

Malaysia and Indonesia have expressed keen interest in in buying armed drones from Turkish defence firm Baykar, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Monday, noting that Turkey would be happy to supply defence industry products to Japan as well.

“Many Asian countries, especially Malaysia and Indonesia, show great interest in our defence industry products. Agreements are being signed,” state-run Anadolu news agency cited Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as saying during a press conference in Tokyo.

"If Japan wants to buy any defence industry products from Turkey, including armed drones, it will be our pleasure to meet the demand," the top Turkish diplomat said.

In the coming days, delegations from both sides will meet to discuss potential cooperation in defence and security, he added.

Turkey’s TB-2 Bayraktar drones are produced by Baykar, the country’s leading drone manufacturer whose chief technology officer is the son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. 

The drones have most recently been lauded for countering Russian attacks against Ukraine, with both Western and Ukrainian officials singing the praises of the battle-tested weapon since Russia’s invasion began in February. 

The TB2 - which has a 12-meter (40-foot) wingspan and can soar to 25,000 feet and ability to destroy tanks and artillery with laser-guided armour-piercing bombs -  has also played an important role in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh and spearheads Turkey's global defence export push.

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