Pakistan’s National Engineering and Science Commission (NESCOM) signed a contract with the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for the joint production of the “ANKA UAV.”
The contract specified that the cooperative agreement would include human resource and technology transfer between the two entities. NESCOM is a state-owned missile manufacturer and civilian research organization.
TAI general manager Dr. Temel Kotil explained, “The contract we made with Pakistan within the scope of our Anka UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) systems will provide significant gains to the UAV industry.”
What are Anka Drones?
Here is a brief description of the Anka drone:
- Project Type: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
- Manufacturer: Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI)
- Operator: Turkish Air Force Command
- First Flight: September 2016
Anka drones are unmanned aircraft that can perform a range of military activities in real-time such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), communication relay, target acquisition, and tracking.
The 26 feet (eight-meter) long aircraft has a maximum speed of 217 km/h (135 mph) and a cruising speed of 204 km/h (127 mph). Its combat range is 200 km (120 miles) with a service ceiling of 9,144 m (30,000 ft).
The Anka has a maximum takeoff weight of 1,600 kg (3,527 pounds) and can carry a payload of up to 350 kg (772 pounds) and fly for a maximum of 30 hours.
The drone is fitted with the indigenously developed MAM (Mini Akıllı Mühimmat) laser-guided smart munitions, Cirit laser-guided 70 mm missile system, and a Bozok mini laser-guided rocket.