Turkish Drone Manufacturer Declines Crowdfunding Effort for Drones to Ukraine, Donates Instead
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Insider: The Turkish defense manufacturer Baykar said it turned down $20 million in crowdfunded cash to buy its drones for Ukraine and would donate three military drones to the country instead. Baykar wrote in a Monday statement that it had learned about a campaign to raise funds to buy its Bayraktar TB2 drones, adding, “Baykar will not accept payment for the TB2s, and will send 3 UAVs free of charge to the Ukrainian war front.” “We ask that the funds instead be remitted to the struggling people of Ukraine,” Baykar said (Insider). Baykar: Announcement from Baykar (Baykar)! Nikkei Asia: This is not the first time Baykar has gifted drones in response to crowdfunding. Earlier in June, the company said it would send Lithuania a TB2 free of charge, after learning of a crowdfunding effort there to raise funds to buy a TB2 for Ukraine. Lithuanians had collected almost 6 million euros ($6.3 million) in three days to buy a TB2 for Ukraine. Much to the ire of Russia, the company first sold the TB2 to Ukraine in 2019 and later announced that it would co-produce them in the country, just before the war started. The TB2 has been instrumental in the fight against Russian forces, destroying a wide range of targets, including tanks, missile defense systems and navy vessels (Nikkei Asia).