The Polish Defense Minister announced, on Saturday, that Poland will buy 24 armed drones from Turkey, and it will be the first member of NATO to buy Turkish drones from Turkey.

Bayraktar TB2 drones, the first of which will be delivered next year, will be equipped with anti-tank missiles. Defense Minister Marius Pachchak said Poland would also purchase a logistical and training package.

Pushachak said in an interview with the state radio that the Bayraktar TB2 drones “have proven themselves in wars,” adding that the drones were operated by a military company without further details.

The contract, which will be concluded without a bid, will be signed next week during the visit of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, to Turkey.

The Turkish authorities, a NATO member, say the country has become the fourth largest producer of drones in the world since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has increased domestic production to reduce dependence on Western weapons.

Turkish defense technology producer Baykar has sold its Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aircraft to Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Qatar and Libya. Erdogan said in March that Saudi Arabia was also interested in buying Turkish drones.

Canada lifted permits to export drone technology to Turkey in April after it said the equipment had been used by Azerbaijani forces in the fight against Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. The parts covered by the ban included camera systems for Baker armed drones.

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