Turkey’s Bayraktar Kizilelma: The future of aerial warfare?

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Over fifteen years ago, one of the three masterminds behind Turkey’s drone success, engineer and businessman Selcuk Bayraktar, showed a tiny, homemade indigenous drone to a group of Turkish state officials during a presentation as a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Bayraktar understood the immense potential of these unmanned flying objects and foresaw that such technology could make his country among the most prolific users of drones. Trusting his gut, he asked the Turkish government for help in further improving his family’s invention. “Boeing, Lockheed, these a…

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