Zelenskiy says Turkish drone maker will build factory in Ukraine

The Bayraktar TB2 drone stands near the logo of Turkish defense company Baykar in a hall at the 30th International Defense Industry Exhibition in Kielce, Poland September 5, 2022. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

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Sept 9 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy met with the head of Turkish defense firm Baykar on Friday and said the company would set up a factory in Ukraine to build unmanned aerial vehicles.

Baykar’s Bayraktar TB2 drone has been extremely popular in Ukraine, where it has helped destroy many Russian artillery systems and armored vehicles.

“We discussed the details of the construction of Baykar’s plant in Ukraine and the production of new products using Ukrainian components,” Zelenskiy said in an online post after meeting with Baykar’s chief executive Haluk Bayraktar. in Kyiv.

A video posted online shows Zelenskiy presenting Bayraktar with the Ukrainian Order of Merit. In return, Zelenskiy received a traditional embroidered Ukrainian shirt with a drone.

Russia has already complained to Turkey about its sale of drones to Ukraine. Read more

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Reporting by David Ljunggren; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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