Oct 31, 2013

Turkey Signs Contract for First National Drone

After a lengthy delay, the Turkish government signed a critical contract for the acquisition of an initial batch of 10 Anka drones that Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) locally designed, developed and will manufacture.
The deliveries of 10 aircraft and ground stations are scheduled to start in 2016.
The Anka passed acceptance tests late in January. The final tests on Jan. 20-21 involved a full-endurance, 18-hour flight, successful auto landing, data link performance at a distance of 200 kilometers under winds up to 45 knots, and night take-offs and landings. The Anka has completed more than 150 flight hours.
The Anka is a medium-altitude, long-endurance drone. Such UAVs usually can operate for 24 hours at an altitude of 10,000 feet. During test flights, the Anka reached an altitude of 30,000 feet.

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