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Turkey's Baykar to open 500-worker drone factory near Kyiv in 12 months

Sampling of Baykar drones. (Company photo)

Turkish drone maker Baykar is building a factory near Kyiv where it will employ some 500 people to manufacture drones, Reuters reported from an impromptu interview with the company's CEO.

"We need about 12 months to finish construction and then we will move on to internal machinery, equipment, and organizational structure," Baykar CEO Haluk Bayraktar told Reuters at the World Defense Show in Riyadh.

He said the factory would focus on either the company's TB2 or TB3 model and capacity at the Ukrainian factory would total around 120 drones a year.

He added that plans for the factory are moving "fully moving ahead" despite the ongoing war with Russia and the related security concerns and that "nothing" could halt them.

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