Turkish drone maker buys land to build factory in Ukraine - report

Turkey’s Baykar, which makes the Bayraktar drone, has bought land in Ukraine ahead of building a factory in the country, said Vasyl Bodnar, Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey, Ukrainian media including the Odessa Journal reported.

Bodnar set Baykar had set up a company in Ukraine and that the factory was still in development.

"The plant will be built,” he said. “Just a week ago, the government approved the bilateral agreement and sent it to the parliament for ratification -- an agreement on the construction of the plant itself."

Baykar sold drones to Ukraine prior to the Russian invasion in late February, beginning in 2019. It has held a succession of meetings with top Ukrainian officials, including during ceasefire talks between Ukraine and Russia in Istanbul in April.

Bodnar said Baykar had already purchased the land and developed a project for the factory.

The decision to build the factory in Ukraine was not just political, but because Ukrainian components will be used in production of several models, Bodnar said.

"It can be engines, other spare parts, wheels, many different things that are high-tech in our country and can be used for these aircraft," he said. The area of defence technology was "one of the drivers" of Ukrainian-Turkish relations, he added.

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