Turkey says Malaysia and Indonesia are interested in buying armed drones


A Bayraktar Akinci drone at the Teknofest Aerospace and Technology Festival on May 27, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Aziz Karimov/Reuters)

ANKARA — Turkey said on Monday that Malaysia and Indonesia had shown strong interest in buying armed drones from Turkish defense firm Baikal.

“Many Asian countries, especially Malaysia and Indonesia, have shown great interest in our defense industry products. Agreements are being signed,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevrut Cavushoglu said at a press conference in Tokyo.

“We are happy to meet Japan’s need for drones,” the minister added when he visited Japan to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

International demand for Turkish drones has soared after impacting conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Libya. Reuters reported on Sept. 21 that Biker had delivered 20 armed drones to the United Arab Emirates this month.