As Baykar CEO Haluk Bayraktar said during first International Defence Industries Forum, that took place in Kyiv on September 29, one of them is a drone production plant, construction of which has already begun. He also added that they plan to complete it in about one and a half years. Another two projects includes service center and a head office.
The CEO added that the production will be self-sufficient, environmentally friendly, and mutually beneficial since Ukraine has unique engine production technologies, and Türkiye produces drones that use these engines.
"We also face some challenges. This includes the supply chain, searching and development of human capital because of the impact of the war, and the regulatory environment, especially the rules that will support these investments," he noted.
Bayraktar explained that the current war has become a war of drones, and Ukraine has some advantages, using various types of drones.
"We are not here to maximize our income or profits. We are here to support you to the maximum extent. We respect your fight for freedom and independence to keep your sovereignty," Bayraktar emphasized.
As known, on July 19, 2022, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced the preparation of an agreement with Türkiye that would allow the construction of the Bayraktar drone plant on Ukrainian territory.
In August, Baykar Makina company announced its registration in Ukraine and the purchase of land for the construction of the future plant.
In October 2022, Baykar stated that they would complete the construction of the plant in Ukraine within two years.