Saudi companies begin producing Turkey’s Karayel-SU drone

Saudi manufacturing companies, Intra Defense Technologies (IDT) and Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), will produce Turkey’s Karayel-SU drone under license from the drone manufacturer Vestel. AEC will provide the electronics, while Vestel will provide the key components.

The news has been made public not too long after the Turkish president shared the news that Saudi Arabia is looking to purchase armed drones from Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shared that there is “Saudi demand for Turkish armed drones.”

The deal between the two countries reportedly dates back to 2017 at the Dubai Air Show, where the Saudi government wanted to purchase drones from Turkey and coproduce them with Vestel directly.

Turkish defense analyst Anil Sahin said that the coproduction deal is for 40 Vestel Karayel drones and will feature the Saudi Arabia flag on the side rather than the Turkish flag. The deal looks to be going ahead even though President Erdogan voiced his…