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ANKA made its first test flight in December 2010, and has since been used in around 100 sorties.

ANKA made its first test flight in December 2010, and has since been used in around 100 sorties.

ANKA, the Turkish Aerospace Industry’s (TAI) unmanned air vehicle, crashed due to a technical problem during its final tests on Sept. 27.

ANKA made its first test flight in December 2010, and has since been used in around 100 sorties. It started its final test flights in September 2012.

According to a statement made by the TAI, during the final test flight on Sept. 27 a breakdown occurred in the prototype vehicle because of a technical failure. “Research to identify the technical failure is ongoing. The final test flights will continue with other UAVs,” the statement said.

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The TAI has previously tested its ANKA drone and is now preparing an armed version of ANKA for the Turkish military.

Turkey had been planning to launch its unmanned planes this summer, in the hope of using them against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).


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9/30/2012 7:44:56 PM

@DutchTurk JANICAR. Indeed, wishful thinking does present certain virtues. However, for now the good old expression "back to the drawing board" must unfortunately be implemented. Keep trying though as "practice makes perfect"...On the other hand, if you would decide to be nice to the folks in Israel perhaps they would be nice to you in return by allowing Turkey to purchase a few at a moderate cost... Regards


9/30/2012 5:02:41 PM

That is not Anka! RQ-2 or 7. TSK operates some of them too.

Johanna Dew

9/30/2012 12:51:07 PM

@DutchTurk. You play to many video games:; as the final flight over 2 years is a failure, then there is a structural problem. Already lacking years of advanced technology behind. Therefore downgrading Turkish military with every day.


9/30/2012 3:05:01 AM

This is the reason why there were made several porotypes, it's part of the process, which will lead to a better and cheaper UAV than the heron.

bulabula cn

9/30/2012 1:01:59 AM

Ney,Ney,Ney, my friends, it is ANKA,, identical truly. ;)

pinar hasan

9/29/2012 4:35:20 PM

American defense companies are firing american scientists. Turkey needs to triple investment in military research and development and american 2 scientists to to transfer american military technology to Turkey

Mohamed Al Hashimi

9/29/2012 1:53:20 PM

Failures bring success so we learn from our mistakes. However, UAVs are mercy from the god to the third world countries if they focus on it because it is easy to produce and it can carry stronge bombs.

engin eser

9/29/2012 11:15:57 AM

This is NOT a photo of ANKA.

Faruk Beisser

9/29/2012 8:33:40 AM

Copying US drones just to have ''Turkish'' drones to please the Great Leader!

Truth Teller

9/29/2012 7:51:21 AM

It is not so easy to copy even old Israeli Unmanned aerial vehicle.
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