Turkey’s defense bureaucracy could soon follow in the footsteps of a 2013 French move and request U.S. congressional approval for the sale of an unarmed version of a U.S.-made drone after its appeal for an armed version failed.

Defense sources said Turkey acknowledged its prior request and could now renew it for an unarmed version of the Reaper drones, made by the U.S. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

“Apparently, our first request was not perfectly realistic,” one senior official admitted. “An unarmed Reaper may also suit our operational requirements.” […]