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Unmanned aircraft ANKA has been designed and developed by Turkish aerospace firm. Company photo

Unmanned aircraft ANKA has been designed and developed by Turkish aerospace firm. Company photo

The serial production of Turkish local unmanned aircraft ANKA will begin as developer Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is set to sign a contract with the Defense Industry Undersecretary in one to two months, the undersecretary has said.

Some features of the craft are to be developed as well, according to Defense Industry Undersecretary Murad Bayer.

Bayar noted that ANKA is actually a national design development project and the final acceptance tests of the vehicle were completed last month. The tests included an over 18-hour-long test flight, demonstration of full endurance, 200 km data link range performance under winds reaching 45 knots and night take-offs and landings.

The next stage is the serial production of 10 ANKA systems for the Turkish Air Force, whose contract negotiations for it are already underway, Bayar said.

“These systems will have a more progressive design and features than regular design-development aircraft,” he said, adding that despite the plan to develop some characteristics, the ANKA system is already a successful unmanned aircraft as it is now.

In his remarks, he also mentioned that Turkish defense industrialists have been working on another rifle, the Milli Piyade Tüfeği, which they expect to reveal the details of to the public as soon as the qualification tests are completed successfully.

The rifle will be particular to Turkey, the undersecretary added.

Turkey has initiated negotiations for selling ANKA unmanned aerial vehicle systems as well as CIRIT rocket systems, Atal helicopters and Altay tanks, Bayar said.

Accelerating its attempts to boost its arms exports to Gulf countries, Turkish missile manufacturer Roketsan agreed to export its own laser-guided rocket system, known as the CIRIT, to the army of the United Arab Emirates for a total of $196.2 million.

March/02/2013

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Eric Martin

3/6/2013 1:06:33 AM

Blue Dottrel is PKK sympathizer. This is a great plane and we need to keep upgrading them. We need to monitor Kurdish areas inside Turkey's south east for road bombs. Keep up the news on this plane! It saves lives.

Free Willy

3/5/2013 12:24:44 PM

Yes, pinar, and hopefully included will be turkish nukes and then turkey will finally be just like.... Israel? America?

Blue Dotterel

3/3/2013 5:01:07 PM

@Murat, no need to worry, once tyranny reigns, the people will need to be kept in line and spied on, political opponents will need to be assassinated, and even the occasional wedding party terrorized or even massacred. The drone has many local uses for oppression. And you can even operate them from the safety of the presidential palace if desired.

Ummah Muslim

3/3/2013 12:59:06 AM

Turkey needs a much stronger army. Offcourse it is not a waste of money. It is a start. Step 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 etc. PKK is not the only ennemy of Turkey. And you can also make billions of money with selling military weapons/tanks/war-ships/war-planes to other country's.

Stephen Brunette

3/2/2013 9:25:09 PM

I would cut the military hardware procurement budget by at least 50% and do something novel in Turkey, invest in replacing decrepit schools and hosptials for the betterment of the entire population. Toys for boys are not needed in the quantities the goverment plans. They just want to make Turkey into another "merchant of death", wow, something to be proud of. I would much rather see Turkey as a centre of excellence of medical science rather then missile science.

Murat

3/2/2013 4:09:58 PM

A drone is not an aircraft. Will it be money wasted if peace with PKK breaks out?

pinar hasan

3/2/2013 3:42:34 PM

Turk Uzan, you are correct. Finally good news. Now turkey must continue to develop turkish patriots, turkish fighter jets, turkish satellites, turkish missile defense systems turkish semiconductors, turkish brand cars. Turkey must also increase the pace of development. they can't continue to take10 years to develop new products. they must double investment in military research and development,

DutchTurk JANICAR

3/2/2013 11:04:14 AM

Nice !!! Hail TAI !!! The ANKA is 1 of the 3 UAV's in the world with this range. Next step is up to the armed UAV. Which is not a very big step from this UAV. Since we got our domestic laser guided missiles, we need to adapt those and of course need little more engine power etc.

Turk Uzan

3/2/2013 2:23:15 AM

Great news, now arm the ANKA, and start developing small drones with machine guns etc. that will work in swarms. And happy to hear the Milli Piyade Tüfeği/National assault rifle will be revealed soon. The HK-417/416 is great .. but I much rather see Turkey develop it's own rifle. G3 needs to be phased out, we need a weapon that's much more reliable but with the same stopping power.
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