With Malaysia planning to acquire a sizeable number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is showcasing its Anka MALE UAV for the first time at LIMA 2019.
“The export negotiations for Anka UAV Systems, which is the most closely related type of interest for Asian countries, is continuing,” a TAI official informs.
Malaysia is looking at equipping the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) with new UAVs to strengthen maritime surveillance. TAI has been ambitious in the Asia-Pacific region. The company showcased the UAV at Indo Defence fair in Jakarta last November. “We are maintaining close contacts with Jakarta in order to meet specific Indonesian requirements,” the official says, confirming that TAI is bidding for the UAV programme requirement of Indonesia by offering its MALE Anka UAV.
At LIMA the UAV system is exhibited with its satellite communications system, as well as with its weapon suite that includes Roketsan’s 22 kg MAM-L Smart Micro Munition. Anka, advanced Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) class Unmanned Aerial System, performs day and night, all- weather reconnaissance, target detection / identification and intelligence missions with its EO/IR and SAR payloads, featuring autonomous flight capability including Automatic Take-off and Landing.
Anka incorporates a heavy-fuel engine and electro-expulsive Ice Protection System with an Advanced Ground Control Station and dual datalink allowing operational security and ease. The system is expandable with a Transportable Image Exploitation Station, Radio Relay, Remote Video Terminal and SATCOM.