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Killer drones and multi-billion dollar deals: Turkey’s rapidly-growing defense industry is boosting its global clout

In the early weeks of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a music video surfaced online. 

It featured clips of missile launchers and Russian tanks in a drone’s crosshairs, as deep-voiced men sang the words in Ukrainian:

“The occupiers came to us in Ukraine, with brand new uniforms and military vehicles, but their inventory melted into steel … Bayraktar!”

The last word drops as an explosion is seen obliterating a Russian target.

The video quickly went viral, the song written as an homage to the powerful Turkish-made Bayraktar TB-2 drone that helped Ukrainian forces devastate Russia’s initial offensive.

The now-famous drone is produced by…

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