Ukraine and Turkey signed an agreement on expanding the joint production of Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles.
This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a joint briefing with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday in Kyiv.
"Today we paid special attention to cooperation in the aviation and defense industries. This is one of the locomotives of our strategic partnership. Our goal is to implement specific projects for establishing joint ventures, to share expertise, and to share technologies. An agreement was signed today that will expand the production of unmanned aerial vehicles," Zelenskyy said.
Recall that the Ukrainian-Turkish plant that is being built in Vasylkiv in the Kyiv region will produce jet-propelled drones of the ANKA type—the next generation of UAVs after Bayraktar.
ANKA is the next generation of UAVs after Bayraktar—not piston-powered, but jet-propelled UAVs.
Also on September 29, 2021, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the company Bayraktar Savunma. According to the memorandum, a UAV training and testing center will be built. The center will also train personnel involved in the operation of Bayraktar. As planned, a number of such centers will subsequently be built and will operate in Ukraine.