BREAKING: Turkish drones reportedly being constructed in Addis

According to Tigrayan sources ten drones supplied by Turkey are being built in Addis Ababa with the support of Turkish technicians.

The weapons, which are said to be for both surveillance and tactical use, are being built at a training and intelligence centre of the Information Network Security Agency or INSA.

The director-general of INSA – Temesgen Tiruneh – is reportedly in overall charge of the programme, and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is said to visit the site frequently.

The agency is said to be building a runway from which the drones can be launched, about ten kilometres from the centre of Addis.

Drones in the Tigray war

There have been previous reports that drones were being used in the Tigray war, being flown from UAE bases in Eritrea.

This was discounted by the independent investigators, Bellingcat.

Bellingcat concluded in November 2020 that: “In sum, the claims made by the Tigray forces are not impossible, but so far they seem improbable.

Satellite imagery confirms the presence of Chinese-produced drones at the UAE’s military base in Assab, but that is all it confirms. There is currently no further evidence that these same drones have been involved in operations in support of the Ethiopian airforce, though there have been confirmed sightings of Ethiopian jet fighters in the conflict zone.”

But the current report is different – quoting first hand accounts by people who have seen the drones currently under construction.



  1. This is bad NEWS, when a baby Abiy Ahmed Ali is playing with big fire as Drones. Tigray should acquire immediately anti-drones even from donores who love JUSICE.

  2. Tigray has to eliminate the perpetrators. No need civil war. No 1 Isayas no. 2 Abiy. No worry of others. They don’t have followers

  3. The news about drones is planted purposely as part of psychological warfare against TDF. There is no credible information that supports such news. This type of fake news has been employed many times in the past.

  4. I don’t think it will change the situation in the ground because it will be a bit late for using it

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