مبروك لتونس. الدرونات سوف تساعدهم على حراسة الحدود و محاربة الارهاب و المهربيين.حسب موقع Africa Intelligence الإستخباراتي سينطلق الجيش التونسي في تشغيل درونات انكا التركية قريبا.
العقد وقع في شهر يناير الماضي لتصبح تونس بذلك أول زبون للدرون التركي رغم التوتر السياسي بين تونس و أنقرةhttps://www.africaintelligence.com/mce/defense--security/2020/02/27/erdogan-s-arms-merchants-increasingly-well-ensconced,108395728-eve
TUNISIA : Erdogan's arms merchants increasingly well ensconced - Issue 1375 dated 27/02/2020 - Maghreb ConfidentialTunisia's military will soon be operating Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) armed drones. According to our information, the Turkish state-owned conglomerate finalised a first export contract for its - 27/02/2020www.africaintelligence.com
Turkish drone-maker Baykar teams up with Avionav after losing out to TAI
Undeterred by its failure to sell its flagship Bayraktar TB2 to the Tunisian army, the Turkish UAV manufacturer hopes a local light-aircraft company will open doors in Tunisia and beyond.
In January, the state-run Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) finalised negotiations to supply the Tunisian Armed Forces with three armed drone systems (Maghreb Confidential 27/02/20), a deal the Istanbul-based rival had hoped to clinch with its Bayraktar TB2. To strengthen its hand in Tunisia – and subsequently markets elsewhere in Africa – Baykar has since teamed up with a Tunisian firm. Its chosen partner is Avionav, an SME based in Borjine (south of Sousse) that makes light aircraft. A former subsidiary of a now-defunct Italian company of the same name, Avionav has been run since 2014 by twin brothers Foued el Kamel (managing director) and Férid El Kamel, son of a former Tunisian Air force pilot. Initially, the partnership will focus on selling a small maritime surveillance aircraft now in the final phase of development. Based on Avionav's single-engined Rally plane, it will carry a Simrad maritime radar and a Wescam MX-15 optronic gimbal made by U.S. firm L3. Baykar will bring its expertise in integrating sensor and communication equipment. The Tunisian coast guard, confronted with illegal fishing and irregular migration, has reportedly already expressed an interest. Baykar and Avionav are already planning to open a joint maintenance centre in Tunisia, a move made easier by the fact that both firms are customers of the same engine manufacturer, the Austrian Rotax. Baykar hopes this will help it break into other African markets, where its drones, much cheaper than their Western counterparts, are attracting a lot of interest. The company will be able to ride the wave of Turkey's diplomatic offensive on the continent, which combines business, military-security cooperation, and the significant financial support of Turk EximBank and state development agency TIKA. Baykar, which has seen more than 15 of its TB-2s deployed in Libya in support of the Tripoli-based government, is owned by Ozdemir Bayraktar, a relative by marriage to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Perhaps it was this relationship that led Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed, who has an ambiguous relationship with Erdogan, to drop in on Baykar's stand at the IADE defence fair in Djerba on March 4, and to snub TAI's neighbouring stand.
Undeterred by its failure to sell its flagship Bayraktar TB2 to the Tunisian army, the Turkish UAV manufacturer hopes a local light-aircraft company will open doors in Tunisia and beyond.www.africaintelligence.com