Saudi Arabia is reportedly looking to purchase armed drones from Turkey, as announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday. The cooperation will mark the first major step in working with one another since journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.
During the same address, Erdogan also voiced his opinion on the country working with Greece, which is a rival to Turkey. This could mean that Turkey will only provide its drones if Saudi Arabia stops working with Greece.
“Saudi Arabia is conducting joint exercises with Greece. Yet at the same time, Saudi Arabia is asking us for armed drones. Our hope is to solve this issue calmly without getting heated.”
The drones that Saudi Arabia is looking to purchase aren’t known at this stage, but they will likely come from Turkish drone manufacture Baykar Defence. It currently produces four drones, two of them being surveillance drones and the other two having the…