Turkey's Baykar to deliver drones to Kuwait in $370 million deal

A Bayraktar Akinci unmanned combat drone is pictured at SAHA EXPO Defence & Aerospace Exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey, October 27, 2022. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File Photo

ANKARA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Turkey is set to deliver an undisclosed number of armed drones to Kuwait in a contract worth $370 million, Turkish defence firm Baykar said on Wednesday.

International demand for Baykar's TB2 drones soared after they featured in conflicts in Syria, Libya and Azerbaijan and interest in them increased further following their use by Ukraine's military to thwart Russian forces.

"A contract worth $370 million was signed with Kuwait Defence Ministry to export Bayraktar TB2 drones," Baykar said in a statement.

The statement did not reveal how many drones would be delivered to Kuwait or when.

"Baykar won out in competition with significant firms from America, Europe and China, in the (bidding) process going on since 2019," the statement said.

It added that with Kuwait the number of countries that signed contracts for the Bayraktar TB2 had increased to 28.

Reporting by Yesim Dikmen; Writing by Huseyin Hayatsever; Editing by Daren Butler and Tomasz Janowski

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