In Defence Industry Two Themes will stand out in the 21st Century “Drones” and “Cyber Warfare”

Dr. Faruk Özlü, Deputy Undersecretary for Defence Industries (SSM), made assessments for Defence Turkey Magazine on

Date: Issue 38 - January 2013

Defence Turkey: Mr. Özlü, firstly I would like to thank you for your time. More than twenty years passed since the very first unmanned air vehicles entered into Turkish Armed Forces’ inventory. Could you briefly inform us on the steps taken since those days and assess the current UAV’s at Turkish Armed Forces’ inventory and the on-going UAV projects? Will there be new UAV projects in your 2013 agenda?

Compared to its status 20 years ago, Turkey is now amongst the countries that develop and produce their own UAV systems. 164 Mini UAVs, 4 Mini Rotorcraft UAVs and 10 Herons within the framework of UAV projects conducted by our Undersecretariat are in Turkish Armed Forces’ inventory.