Turkey supplies Ukrainian Navy with first of six armed drones

Turkey's Baykar announced in 2019 that it had won a contract to supply six remote-controlled aircraft of that type, including munitions, to Ukraine. Russia's foreign minister said in May that "We strongly advise our Turkish colleagues to carefully assess the situation"

The Ukrainian Navy received this week its first Turkish remote-controlled aircraft, the Bayraktar TB2. The Ukrainian Defence Ministry announced that upon completion of acceptance tests, the drone, together with command-and-control systems and spare parts, will be deployed at the Ukrainian Navy’s aviation brigade in Mykolaiv. 

Turkey's Baykar announced in 2019 that it had won a contract to supply six of the remote-controlled aircraft, including munitions, to Ukraine. The military relations between the two countries have strengthened in recent years, much to Russia's ire. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in May that "We strongly advise our Turkish colleagues to carefully assess the situation and refrain from fueling Kyiv’s militaristic sentiment."

Turkish analyst Mehmet Cem Demirci told Defense News that the Biden administration is helping improve relations between Ankara and Kyiv. Both the U.S. and Turkey are NATO allies, and Ukraine is very interested in joining the alliance. Despite Russia, the Turkish expert said, the two countries are also cooperating in the military field, which is consistent with President Biden's policies. 

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