Canadian company Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) said it is suspending the supply of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) aircraft engines to “countries with unclear usage” after reports that some of these engines are used on Turkish drones used by Azerbaijan in the fight against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. This was reported by Canadian broadcasting corporation CBC News on the evening of October 23.
The Quebec-based defense company, better known for its Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, said late last week it learned that some of the pleasure aircraft engines manufactured by its Austrian subsidiary Rotax were being used on Turkish strike drones Bayraktar TB2.
“We recently learned that some Rotax engines are currently used in military UAVs and we immediately launched a thorough investigation,” Martin Langellier, Senior Vice President of BPR, told Radio Canada International in an e-mail.
“In the meantime, we are suspending shipments of aircraft engines to countries with unclear uses,” he added.
Foreign Minister of Canada François-Philippe Champagne stated on October 5 that the supply of Canadian arms to Turkey is suspended because they can be used during the hostilities in the Karabakh conflict zone. “Over the past few days, accusations have been made that Canadian technologies are being used in the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh,” the head of the diplomacy of the North American country said then. The Canadian minister stressed that the Karabakh conflict can only have a peaceful solution and called on the parties to stop violence and protect civilians.
During the hostilities, the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army shot down about a dozen Turkish drones called Bayraktar. None of the drones were shot down until the last day, however, in territories under Armenian control. “It seems, at last, we have fragments of Bayraktar, from which it becomes obvious that it was produced in September, and the supernova chamber (drone) was produced in Canada in June,” Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said from his Facebook page on October 20, as TOP NEWS reported.
“How is it important? The specific fact proves that Turkey is involved in the terrorist war against Karabakh. And those countries that supply Turkey with components necessary for Bayraktar should follow the example of Canada and suspend further deliveries”. – noted the head of the Armenian government.
Ankara provides comprehensive support to Baku in the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, including the transfer of militants from Syria to Azerbaijan, the deployment of its combat aircraft in this Transcaucasian republic, the supply of strike systems.
Let us recall that on September 27, Azerbaijan began intensive shelling of settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, including Stepanakert, passing on the offensive along the entire line of contact in the Karabakh conflict zone. Martial law has been introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization has been announced.