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TAI has sold three ANKA-S MALE UAVs to the Tunisian Armed Forces for US$80M in addition to three ground control stations, maintenance and training of 52 Tunisian personnel. The official negotiations between both countries started in 2019 and in March 2020 there was talk of six UAVs and three ground stations for US$240M. The price also depends on the configuration of the UAV but this does not exclude the possibility that Tunisia will buy more UAVs from TAI.

ANKA-S Specification

The aircraft, which 10m long and has a 17.3m wingspan, consists of mono-block body which is fully designed from composite structure, characterised by its detachable wing. The tail has a V-structure and the landing gear is fully integrated into the airframe during the flight. The ANKA has been flying since 2010 and the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging, inverse SAR (ISAR) and ground moving target indication (GMTI) radar have been integrated into the system since 2014. It also features a maritime radar with particular focus on small target detection and long-range surface surveillance. In 2016, SATCOM was integrated and can operate at 30,000 feet for over 27 hours through its innovative real-time imagery intelligence missions to perform:

  • reconnaissance
  • surveillance
  • target detection
  • diagnosis
  • identification and tracking
  • engagement of objects (in all-weather mission)

TAI has been working on UAVs since the early 80s and ANKA was its first MALE UAV. The AKSUNGUR UAV is a larger version of ANKA with two turboprop engines and a large payload which has already passed many tests and will soon be available to the Turkish Armed Forces. The GÖKSUNGUR is a MALE UAV in development which has a jet engine and will be equipped with indigenous air-to-air missiles. TAI had already gained experience in possible joint cooperation with EADS Cassidian on MALE UAV TALARION about 10 years ago. The ANKA was first exhibited abroad in 2014 at the ILA Berlin Airshow and Farnborough Airshow in the UK later in Asia.

Korhan Özkilinc