Defensenews.com reports that a Turkish private drone manufacturer has won a contract to sell 50 miniature tactical drones to the Greek Ministry of Defence.
The Assuva Savunma Sanayi company said two Proton Elic RB-128 drones sent to Greece successfully passed acceptance tests. Remzi Basbug, president of Assuva, said the export deal is the company’s first with a country that is both a NATO and a European Union member.
“We have obtained all necessary export licenses for the export to Greece,” Basbug said, adding that the company has previously sold the same drone systems to the Turkish, Chinese and Sri Lankan armed forces.
The Assuva miniature tactical drone can be used for search and rescue missions. It can also detect underground bunkers, explosives, land mines and chemical material. Featuring a thermal camera, it can capture imagery from a distance of up to 1 kilometer, and 50 meters underground. The company says its drone is the product of domestic engineering and software.
On Friday, in an official statement, the Greek government strongly denied that the Greek military plans to acquire drones from Turkish manufacturers.