The international pressure on the Turkish drone industry appears to be mounting up.
On November 4th, Garmin, the US company known for its GPS technology for automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor, and sport activities. Also said it stopped all deliveries for Turkish drones.
The company released a special corporate responsibility report on the matter:
“It has been brought to Garmin’s attention that one of our products has been incorporated into drones that are being used in Bayraktar UAVs to kill innocent civilians in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh). We condemn this violence in the strongest terms, and we are heartbroken for the loved ones of those who have been killed. The Garmin product used in these drones is a commercial, non-military product that is widely available for purchase. It is not designed or intended for military use, and it is not even designed or intended for use in drones. We are investigating how our products ended up in these drones, and we will take appropriate action following our investigation to guard against our equipment being used again in this manner. We want to thank all those who brought this to our attention.”
Another US company, California-based Trimble Navigation, a manufacturer of GPS receivers found in Turkish Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles, has responded to a wave of protests over the use of these UAVs by the Azerbaijani army in Karabakh.
As ANCA reports on its Facebook page, in response to the protests, the company’s vice president and general counsel Jim Kirkland confirmed in writing that Trimble Navigation “has ceased any further sales to Baykar.”
ANCA is now calling for the next step – to contact Comant, a subsidiary of Iridium Communications, to stop supplying antennas to Turkey.
Earlier it was reported that the Canadian authorities decided to suspend the export of aviation equipment to Turkey after reports from Karabakh.
Canadian company Bombardier cutting off sales for parts for the Bayraktar TB2, as well as L3Harris WESCAM.
L3Harris WESCAM, the Canadian subsidiary of U.S. defense giant L3Harris, is one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of electro-optical/infra-red (EO/IR) imaging and targeting sensor systems — both of which are featured on the Bayraktar drones.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that such a decision was made after receiving information that Azerbaijan is using them. It was about the components of the Turkish UAV Bayraktar.
Austria also refused to sell components for Turkish drones.
As such, Turkey may have to quickly reverse engineer some systems on its drones, in order to be able to “insource” the parts it needs for its industry.
It is likely that this happens with support from the Israeli lobby, in addition to this Armenian effort because this increases the Israeli presence on the drone market by removing the competitor
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