Turkey's rise as a drone power: trial by fire

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    Turkey's production and operational use of its own armed drones has grabbed much media attention and caused consternation in some regional capitals. Not only has Turkey emerged as one of the world's most prolific users of largely indigenously built armed drones but it has also become a major exporter of these systems. Analyses put Turkey's position as a major drone power down to long-term strategic calculation. Whilst Ankara's emergence as a serious drone player is certainly no accident–it is the output of a concerted state effort–this article emphasises how Turkish political-military leaders have absorbed military and political lessons from early forays into armed drone usage and adjusted foreign policy and military tactics accordingly. Such a non-linear evolution of its drone strategy suggests future change in how Turkey seeks to derive benefits from this niche capability.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)210-229
    Number of pages20
    JournalDefense and Security Analysis
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 2022


    • defence diplomacy
    • Drones
    • Turkey
    • Turkish foreign and defence policy
    • unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV)


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