Turkish drone maker slams Guardian report it used British technology

Selçuk Bayraktar, the technical head of Turkey’s main drone-maker, denied a report in the Guardian on Wednesday which said a Britain-based manufactured had supplied his company with a crucial missile component, helping Turkey to become a leading drone manufacturer.

The Guardian reported that EDO MBM Technology had supplied Turkish manufacturer Baykar with the Hornet missile rack at the initial development stage of Turkey’s TB2 drones around 2015, but Bayraktar dismissed the report.

“We are not buying it from you, we never did. It not only does not work under any circumstances but is also very expensive,” Bayraktar said on Twitter.

“We have designed and manufactured a more advanced and cost-effective one ourselves,” said Bayraktar, who is also the son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. 

The businessman said the Guardian’s report was only right about the fact that Turkey had become one of the three global powers in killer-drone technology. 

The Turkish military has used TB2s extensively in its military offensives against-Kurdish-led forces in Syria, as well as against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. Turkey has also supplied TB2 drones to the internationally recognised Tripoli government in Libya for the fight against Saudi and Emirates-backed rebel forces led by General Khalifa Haftar.