Do you know if they [the ANKAs] will be equipped with the AF-335Ts once they are ready for serial production?
AselFlir-100 < AselFlir-200 < AselFlir-300T < AselFlir-235 < AselFlir-335
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Turkey is preparing to sign a contract for 10 locally made UAV systems dubbed the Anka, procurement authorities said. They did not specify a contract price.
Murad Bayar, Turkey’s chief procurement official, told reporters that a final round of talks for the contract involving the 10 UAVs and their ground control stations is underway. He said the contract would be signed in the next couple of months.
This will mark Turkey’s first purchase of UAVs designed, developed and manufactured indigenously. Bayar promised the Anka would incorporate “progressive design and features.”
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), maker of the Anka, said the UAV had successfully passed acceptance tests late in January. TAI officials said the final, decisive tests on Jan. 20-21 involved a full endurance, 18-hour flight, a successful auto landing, data link performance at a distance of 200 kilometers under winds up to 45 knots, and night takeoffs and landings. The Anka has registered 140 flight hours.
Meanwhile, procurement officials said the Turkish police force also is preparing to order the Anka, which means more funding for “fine-tuning efforts” as part of the program.
In December, Turkey’s defense procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) and Tusas Engine Industries (TEI), a private company, signed an agreement under which the company will develop and produce engines for the Anka.
The protocol was signed at the main office of the agency in Ankara. SSM Chairman Murad Bayar said at the ceremony that building the engine was even more difficult than building the aircraft. However, TEI General Manager Akn Duman said the body had enough infrastructure for the project.
Anka is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) vehicle; such UAVs usually operate for 24 hours at an altitude of 10,000 feet.
Anka, meaning Phoenix in English, is the first MALE-type UAV to be produced by TAI. Several prototypes have been produced with other engines. One of the prototypes crashed during a test flight in September but several other flight tests have been carried out successfully.
A version called Anka+ calls for an armed vehicle, using a rocket attached to its body and sensors.
It's more official than ever;
ANKA to be developed [further]
Meanwhile, asked about how Turkey’s recently launched Göktürk-2 satellite would serve the Turkish Armed Forces, Bayar said the satellite would provide intelligence to Turkey by taking photos of certain regions, which will be used in the operational plans of the army. The first visuals have already arrived, he said.
In addition, he said Turkey also had ambitious plans to develop and upgrade its unmanned aircraft, ANKA.
“The new ANKA will be 4 tons, [the current model is 1.5 tons] and its carrying power, capabilities and sensors will be developed accordingly,” Bayar said, stressing that this would be one of the most important projects of the upcoming period.
Turkish Aerospace Industries expects to finalise a contract with a first export customer for its Anka (Phoenix) unmanned air vehicle during June, with Egypt due to sign for 10 of the aircraft.
"For Anka, we will develop the mission computer and software with Egypt. Also, Egypt will produce parts for its Ankas," TAI general manager Muharrem Dortkasli said during the International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) in Istanbul. "Anka has got a deep interest from the Middle East. We believe more orders will come soon," he added.
A medium-altitude, long-endurance design equipped with an electro-optical/infrared sensor supplied by Aselsan, the Anka secured certification from Turkey's undersecretary of defence industries during the show.
Turkish Aerospace Industries
TAI is also working on the development of a turboprop-engined version of the Anka, with this to have its payload capacity increased by 50%, and the capability to be armed with Cirit air-to-surface rockets produced by Roketsan.
Wings looks wider-longer...
Multiple Air intakes placed...
AselFlir-300 buried into fuselage...
Landinggears are covered...
Rudder sections over wings are increased...