The Turkish Navy has received its fourth Anka medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAV from aerospace company Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI).
According to an announcement from the company, the UAV was delivered after completing acceptance tests with new capabilities.
The fourth vehicle that was delivered as part of the country’s operative UAV procurement project features a synthetic aperture radar with an increased range and the the capability to detect and track moving surface and land targets.
This is also the first UAV that is being delivered to the navy with an integrated automatic identification system (AIS). The company added that the three previously-delivered Ankas had also been retrofitted with this capability.
ANKA incorporates a heavy-fuel engine and an electro-expulsive ice protection system for day and night, all-weather reconnaissance, target detection/identification and intelligence missions with its EO/IR and SAR payloads.
In addition to ISR and SIGINT payloads, the UAV can carry precision guided bombs, laser guided rockets and anti-tank missiles.