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Turkish Drone Maker Baykar Is Booked for Three Years, CEO Says

  • TB2 production capacity increased to 20 drones per month
  • Drone sales to Ukraine as Turkey declines to pick side in war
The 'Akinci' drone in Istanbul.

The 'Akinci' drone in Istanbul.

Photographer: Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Turkey’s Baykar Makina Sanayi ve Ticaret AS, which provides Ukraine with unmanned aerial vehicles, says it currently has the capacity to build 20 drones a month and a three-year order backlog. 

“TB2 and Akinci drones are in serial production, we have demand for both of them,” Haluk Bayraktar, the privately-owned company’s chief executive officer, said in an interview with the Ukrainian Come Back Alive Foundation on Thursday. “For Bayraktar TB2, we have export contracts with 22 different countries.”