Named after the mythical person winged beast, the Anka is currently undergoing evaluations to become the standard UAV of the Turkish Air Force - working in conjunction with air- and land-based units to form a modernized effective fighting force. The former will be the unarmed reconnaissance-minded variant ala the American MQ-1 Predator whilst the latter will become the armed combat form ala the MQ-9 Reaper. As of this writing , at least five Anka prototypes have been completed with 60 on order for the Turkish Air Force. The Anka was designed and developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries which is also heading up its production. The Anka is expected to formally enter operational service in assuming testing clears the machine for such.
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According to the information obtained from C4Defence, the development work on the engine has been completed. The project, signed between the Undersecretariat of Defense Industries SSM and TEI on December 27, , included the development of a turbodiesel aviation engine with superior technical features for use in MALE class unmanned aerial vehicles through the development of domestic facilities.
According to the experiments, the 2. The engine produced horsepower at an altitude of 30, feet. At present, the current engine used at ANKA produces horsepower between 0 and 11 thousand feet altitude.
At an altitude of 30, feet, it consumes percent more fuel than the current engine produces at half the power. While the current engine is forced out at an altitude of 30 thousand feet, the developed engine does not stay at 30 thousand altitude and it is even easier to reach the altitude of 40 thousand feet.
In this case, ANKA will have a motor that can reach 40 thousand feet altitude about 13 thousand meters. The engine development work has been completed but the maturity tests are ongoing. Then the integration of the motor into the ANKA platform will begin. The vehicle integration will have been tested well enough to begin. The engine qualification and civil certification is expected to be completed by Tricycle-type retractable landing gear The NLG integrates shock absorbing components, while the MLG is equipped with spring type retractable struts.
The main gear units have electro-mechanic brakes. The nose unit is steered by an electromechanical servo actuator. The GCS is equipped with dual command and control consoles, as well as simulation and playback capabilities. The control station can be interfaced with external command, control, communications, computers and intelligence C4I systems. Specifications Anka-A.
Anka-S Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Inverse SAR ISAR The whole composite airframe is composed of a monoblock fuselage, detachable wing and V-Tail, retractable landing gear, redundant control surfaces, avionics and payload bays and service doors. The sandwich skin structure is reinforced by composite or metallic frames, ribs, and supports. Propelled by a pusher type heavy fuel engine, the aircraft is furnished with fuselage fuel tanks and fuel system, ice protection system, environmental control system, lighting system, redundant electrical system with battery backup, and harness system. The platform is also equipped with a digital flight control system, electro-mechanical actuators, and flight control sensor systems such as GPS, pitot-static, air data computer, navigation sensor, transducers, temperature, pressure, displacement sensors, etc. Identification and communication units and interface computers are employed in order to establish real time wide band communication and provide test and diagnostics functions. An air traffic radio is also integrated in the communication system for the integration of the aircraft into the civilian airspace. All flight critical equipment are dual or triple redundant and emergency modes of operational scenarios are taken into consideration for fail safe design.
Anka MALE Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Image courtesy of CeeGee. The UAV performed its maiden flight in September and entered serial production in The unmanned aircraft can conduct a range of missions such as real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance ISR , communication relay, target acquisition and tracking. Avionics and flight control The composite structure of Anka-S integrates an indigenously developed fully autonomous flight control computer to provide autonomous waypoint navigation and flight control.