Qatar buys SUAVs from Turkey

Issue No. 6 | March 16-31, 2012

In an effort to boost defence industry exports to Islamic states, Turkey has recently sold 10 mini drones to Qatar, a senior procurement official has said. The small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAVs) were exported under a general agreement made during the International Defense Fair (IDEF), in Istanbul in May 2011, for the sale of Turkish defence goods to Qatar worth $120 million within a year.

This $25 million sale will become the first export of SUAVs by Turkey, and they will also be the first drones in Qatar’s inventory. The SUAVs, called “Bayraktar,” are made by Naykar Makina, which also produces the “Malazgirt” mini helicopter and the tactical “Caldiran” unmanned aerial vehicle.