ANKA, advanced Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) class Unmanned Aerial System, performs day and night, all-weather reconnaissance, target. The Anka is an advanced Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV ( Unmanned Aerial System) developed by the Turkish Aerospace. Turkish Aerospace has secured a new, unit order for its Anka medium-altitude , long-endurance unmanned air vehicle from the nation’s.
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For growing military powers like India and Uac, it behooves these nations to begin developing uag indigenous programs to offer less reliance on the foreign suppliers. Named after the mythical person winged beast, the Anka is currently undergoing evaluations to become the standard UAV uab the Turkish Air Force – working in conjunction with air- and land-based units to form a modernized effective fighting force.
The former will be the unarmed reconnaissance-minded variant ala the American MQ-1 Predator whilst the latter will become the armed combat form ala the MQ-9 Reaper. As of this writingat least five Anka prototypes have been completed with 60 on order for the Turkish Air Force. The Anka was designed and developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries which is also heading up its production. The Anka is expected to formally enter operational service in assuming testing clears the machine for such.
The Anka was born of an indigenous initiative by the Turkish authorities to supply a homegrown UAV solution to its ever-expanding military requirements. The system was developed from iav outset as a medium-class UAV with a modular payload quality to undertake basic reconnaissance sorties. The program was initiated in and first flight of a prototype was anla in December of The aircraft was handed over to the Turkish Air Force in leading to production and formal introduction into service scheduled for The Anka sports a wingspan of over The vehicle is powered by a single German-developed Thielert Centurion 2.
This arrangement supplied the base Anka Anka-A with a top speed of miles per hour cruise of mphan combat radius of miles with a mission endurance time of 24 hours. The Anka can operate at altitudes up to 30, feet providing ground personnel with an excellent “eye in the sky”. Outwardly, the Anka follows conventional UAV uac and basic aircraft fundamentals to achieve a modern, sleek look. The design is characterized by its tubular fuselage which houses avionics, fuel and the engine.
The turbocharged engine is fitted aft and powers a three-bladed propeller in a “pusher” configuration.
Turkey Orders 22 More Anka UAVs – UAS VISION
A pair of outward canted vertical tail fins are situated to either side of the engine housing. The main wing assemblies are fitted at amidships and are high-mounted onto the top of the fuselage spine. These are straight assemblies with clipped wingtips.
The nose cone of the Anka is well curved for a smooth aerodynamic appearance. Under the nose is the optics package housed within a revolving blister. There is another fuselage bulge at amidships under the fuselage though this appears to be an optional fitting. The undercarriage is a tricycle design with two main landing gear legs and a nose leg.
ANKA | Turkish Aerospace
All are completely retractable into the Anka design which also promotes strong aerodynamic qualities at speed. All told, the Anka is a very large beast, its size more akin to a small jet trainer, and requires a crew of ground personnel to move into position. The base, unarmed Anka is designed primarily with surveillance, patrol, target tracking, identification and designation and is appropriately equipped with various optics, cameras and sensors for the role. The system can take-off and land autonomously and personnel based at the ground control station manage the other functions as required.
Turkey Orders 22 More Anka UAVs
The UAV is only part of the complete package which includes the aircraft itself, the ground control station, the personnel and applicable system receivers. However, it is expected that this version will support air-to-surface missiles and sport a more powerful engine.
The role of the Anka-A will undoubtedly grow with the development of specialized communications relay, light armament and signals interception packages currently underway. A previous October announcement mentioned a procurement of ten Anka systems in the Block B configuration which is said to offer improved performance and capabilities to A-models which are viewed as pre-series airframes. Block B Ankas will not be armed but feature encrypted data links, a full-color, high-definition camera and GPS control – the changes requiring a new chin fairing and nose naka to be added.
The first Anka is expected sometime in September – The first Anka-S ankq went airborne for the first time. First deliveries are scheduled for to the Turkish Air Force for trials. Eight more platforms are scheduled to follow. The S-model improves flying distances and operating altitudes over the original Anka-A systems.
The Turkish Air Force has committed to ten of the type. Deliveries are expected to begin in October – Eight Abka models are currently employed by Turkish military services. Where applicable, the appearance of U.
Satellite-controlled Anka-S UAV fires guided munitions
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating. This entry’s maximum listed speed mph. Graph average of Graph showcases the TAI Anka’s operational uag on internal fuel when compared to distances between major cities.