Tuesday, June 26, 2018

"Campaign" in Iraq: Turkey Accuses Israel of Selling Ankara Defective Drones

Heron-model UAV
Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli accused Tel Aviv of selling Ankara defective drones in a 2005 deal which affecting the country’s campaign against Kurdish militias in Iraq.

Canikli made the statements in an interview with Turkish newspaper Yeni Şafak, referring to ten Heron-model UAVs sold by Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) to Ankara as part of a $190 million deal signed in 2005.

The deal is already a contentious issue, as Turkey had initially accused Israel of failing to provide spare parts alongside the equipment.

In 2008, Turkey froze the deal in protest of Israel’s bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip. The drones were finally delivered to Ankara in 2010.

“We paid many dollars for them, but we have never been able to effectively make use of them,” Canikli told the paper, adding that “they [Israel] did it on purpose, so that we cannot use them. Israeli engineers sabotaged the intelligence systems of the drone. Afterwards we realized that we bombed rocks and most of the targets were missed”.

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