Canada suspends export of key components of Turkish drone TB2 Bayraktar

The Turkish-made combat drone TB2 Bayraktar has undoubtedly demonstrated its operational efficiency in recent months, whether in Syria, Libya or Nagorno-Karabakh. In particular, he has shown great precision, both in guiding artillery strikes and in the use of his own light MAM ammunition, dealing serious blows to the enemy's defenses, including against modern anti-aircraft systems like the Pantsir S1. But if the drone is obviously a success of the Turkish aeronautical industry, its components are, on the other hand, for many imported from Ankara's “allies” within NATO.

This is particularly the case of Canada, whose industry provided both the CMX-15D infrared and electro-optical ball designed and manufactured by Wescam, as the 914 hp Rotax 100 engine that powers the aircraft. After having suspended the export of optical components in early October, it is now the turn of the Canadian company Bombardier Recreational Product, a subsidiary of the American L3 Technologies, which designs and sells Rotax engines, to suspend the sale of its engines to Ankara. Indeed, the license to use Rotax engines, very widespread in the field of motorized ultralight and very light passenger planes, prohibits their use in fields other than leisure, in particular, to design systems. weapons, unless expressly waived as in the case of drones of the MQ-1 Predator family.

CMX-15D Electro-optical balls were found in the wrecks of TB2 Bayraktar shot down by Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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