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Unmanned Vehicles

Turkish SSM to purchase Anka UAV

6th January 2012 - 18:04 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Turkish government has announced that it will be purchasing the Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from TAI.

The government committee, consisting of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz, Chief of the General Staff Gen Neçdet Özel and procurement chief Murad Bayar, made the announcement in a statement that also included a commitment to purchase Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets.

According to the statement, the Turkish defence procurement agency (SSM) will purchase ten Anka aircraft from TAI. The announcement comes after three successful flight tests were conducted on the UAV, following a bumpy start to the programme, which saw the first three flight tests of the vehicle end in crash landings.

The committee’s decision will pave the way for the serial production of the ten Anka platforms for the Turkish military.

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