It would be unlikely that Saudi Arabia would buy Turkish drones, despite the latest claims of Ankara. Remember the false Turkey-Greek drones story. Anyway; BUT: Riyadh does need drones, it had acquired Chinese drones. US looks to reduce barring offensive weapon sales to Saudi
Question is if you’re Saudi Arabia and need drones where else do you buy armed drones besides 🇨🇳 or 🇺🇸....of course there are other manufacturers of loitering munitions, for instance. Riyadh doesn’t have relations yet with one of them.
Also, if you believe that Riyadh would want Ankara's drones...walk me through the media reports after "Turkey sells Saudi Arabia drones for Yemen war...and maybe Libya" would that work? Also where is the Bayraktar being sold and used much by foreign countries?
We hear a lot of course about Bayraktar sales...but I want to see local operators using them more after the sales we hear about. Let's see. I have no doubt Ankara's drones are sophisticated, they are building an impressive drone arm. But the next step exports is a big one...

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