But their role in the Ukrainian campaign against Russia has been a coup for Baykar. Many of the foreign buyers the company is courting lack sophisticated air forces of their own or are interested in using drones against adversaries without advanced air defences.“
Drones allow states that don’t necessarily have the resources to buy advanced fighter jets to have that capability,” says Erik Lin-Greenberg, an expert on emerging military technology at MIT. “A TB2 isn’t going to substitute for a fighter jet. [But] many states view drones as allowing them to leapfrog generations of tech.”
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