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Delivery of 10 ground systems for the ANKA-S Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), currently being developed for the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), will begin in 2017 and is planned to be completed by 2018.

According to quwa.org, the Anka is Turkey’s principal intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform. Development commenced in 2004 and the Anka’s maiden test flight took place in December 2010.

The Turkish Undersecretariat of Defense Industry stated that the contract to mass produce the ANKA UAV system, which is being developed to meet the Turkish Armed Forces aerial reconnaissance, surveillance, target identification and detection needs, was signed between the Undersecretariat and Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) on Oct. 2013.

According to dailysabah.com, the UAV will have the capability to operate for 18 hours at an altitude of 23,000 feet, and will feature control over satellite (SATCOM TÜRKSAT 4B), communication relay, cryptographic data link, locally developed flight control computer and high-definition EO/IR cameras.

The Anka-S can fly at an altitude of up to a little more than 7,000 metres, the Anka can carry a payload of 200 kg.

Through its Operation, Simulator and Training Center (OSEM), it will be possible to control more than one ANKA-S UAV system at the same time via the satellite beyond the sight line.