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UAV deal breaks new ground for Poland and Turkey

27th May 2021 - 18:04 GMT | by Grzegorz Sobczak

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Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Blaszczak inspects a Bayraktar TB2 during a visit to Incirlik airbase on 25 May. (Photo: Leszek Chemperek/Polish MoD)

The decision by Poland to buy 24 Bayraktar TB2 UAVs is significant for multiple reasons.

On 24 May, the Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Blaszczak signed a contract to buy 24 Bayraktar TB2 UAVs for ISR and combat missions.

However, the deal — signed during a visit to Turkey by Polish President Andrzej Duda — caused some bemusement in the Polish defence industry.

Neither the UN Register of Conventional Arms nor the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute arms transfers database has any record of Polish imports of Turkish equipment, so the Bayraktar deal seems to have opened up a new export market for the Turkish defence industry.

Poland will spend about PZL995 million ($270 million)

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