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Turkey Receives More Anka UAVs
Turkey has decided to expand its UAV stockpile, with its military and security forces expecting to receive 22 more Anka UAVs, as was published a few days after the meeting of the Defense Industry Executive Committee (SSIK) of the Turkish Defense Industries Directorate (SSB) on 10 October.
In a statement issued after the meeting, the SSIK said it had reviewed and approved projects for national systems that will increase the effectiveness of Turkish security forces, which are involved in internal security and cross-border operations.
Anka is a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system, primarily manufactured to meet the reconnaissance and surveillance requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces. It was designed and developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).
The Anka MALE UAV system can perform all weather, day and night intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, tracking of fixed and stationary targets, signals intelligence (SIGINT) and communications relay.
Anka’s structure is of composite material construction, while some fittings and frames are built using high-strength material to withstand concentrated loads.
Anka has a length of eight meters, wing span of 17.3m and a height of 3.4m. The maximum take-off weight of the UAV is 1,600kg.
The UAV can carry two payloads for the intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions.
The flight operations of Anka are controlled and monitored using an advanced ground control station (GCS). The GCS is equipped with dual command and control consoles, as well as simulation and playback capabilities. The payloads of UAV are controlled in real time from the GCS during flight, as reported in airforce-technology.com.
According to a local news agency, the SSIK had decided to add 16 more Anka-S satellite-controlled UAVs and six more Anka Bs to the security forces’ UAV inventory, as reported in janes.com.