In cable 09ANKARA1472 from October 2009, the US embassy in Ankara reports that Turkey seeks to aquire, on an urgent basis, its own UAV capability.
administration has made clear at high levels that we support this
goal, and Turkey has pending request to acquire armed Reaper UAVs.
Ultimate approval for armed Reapers is complicated due to MTCR
obligations and Hill concerns. However, even if those could be
overcome, the delivery pipeline for these systems is long, and
Turkey’s leaders have sought reassurance that we will not pull our
intelligence support until they can replace it. We have not made this
commitment to date.