ANKA Completed Acceptance Tests

Issue 41 - March 2013

"ANKA" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) System, developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) and the flight tests of which have continued since 30th December 2010, completed the acceptance testing process with the flights made on 20th January 2013 and 22ndJanuary 2013. The 18+ hour long test flight commenced on January 20th at 9:05 am and concluded with automatic landing on January 21st at 3:15 am, after successful demonstration of full endurance and 200 km data link range performances. During Konya-bound range fight made under the wind reaching to 40-45 kts, a connection and coordination was established with Esenboğa Airport over data link.

During the acceptance process, which has been in progress since October 2012, nearly 130 different ground and flight tests were successfully accomplished with the participation of representatives from the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) and Air Forces Command. Following the tests, the military and defence officials decided ANKA UAV’s mission readiness and concluded the acceptance tests.