Turkey-made Bayraktar TB2’s success in battlefields have lured more countries to buy them. While current customers are mainly from the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, European countries have also shown interest in Turkish drones and started to buy them. Several Eastern European countries including Poland have already placed their orders. Serbian leader Vucic also stated that they will buy Bayraktar drones.
The new customers might be the UK, Belgium and Germany. Media in mentioned countries have posted rumors about likely procurements. Die Welt, a German newspaper, has advised German government in one of its columns to buy Bayraktar TB2s instead of 60 Israel-made Heron drones.
However, Germany’s potential procurement was received with mixed reactions by Turkish analysts. While some of them argued that it will be a showcase for Turkish defense industry, others asked no sale to Germany as German government puts sanctions on Turkish defense industry.
More than 20 countries have Turkish drones, particularly Bayraktars, in their inventories. The number is expected to exceed 50 by the end of 2022.