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International relations

Ascendant and assertive Turkey creates tough choices for US

Drone-driven warfare makes Ankara's clout impossible for Washington to ignore

Baykar's armed drone Bayraktar TB2: Poland said in May that it will purchase 24 drones from Turkey, becoming the first NATO member to buy Turkish-made unmanned aerial vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Baykar)

NEW YORK/ISTANBUL -- In a video posted from his personal Twitter account last week, the chief technology officer of Turkish defense company Baykar -- which is owned by his family -- brimmed with pride as he unveiled the details of a future unmanned combat aircraft.

Selcuk Bayraktar, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-educated engineer in his early 40s, explained that the aircraft, known as MIUS, eventually will possess supersonic speed, stealth capability and a maximum payload of nearly 1.5 tons.

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