The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Anka medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has conducted its first armed strike on July 12, the Turkish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its Twitter account.
TAI’nin geliştirdiği ANKA, ilk silahlı operasyonunu bugün Bingöl’de gerçekleştirdi. Operasyonda 5 PKK’lı terörist etkisiz hale getirildi. pic.twitter.com/FsbHPm7vJ2
— Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) July 12, 2017
The air strike was conducted in the Bingöl district in eastern Anatolia, killing five members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Anka was fitted with Roketsan MAM-L laser-guided mini ammunition at the time of the operation, the announcement added.
About TAI Anka:
TAI Anka is a family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries for the requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces.
Basic Anka-A is classified as a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV. Envisioned in the early 2000s for tactical surveillance and reconnaissance missions, the Anka has made progress towards the integration of Synthetic aperture radar and combat systems.
The Anka can be configured with Roketsan MAM-L missiles and CİRİT laser-guided rockets as well as an electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensor pod.
The UAV is powered by a 155 hp engine and has a payload capability of 200 kg, endurance of 24 hours and service ceiling of 9,144 m. Its existing line-of-sight (LoS) communications system provides a range of 200 km.
The drone is named after a phoenix-like mythological creature called Zümrüd-ü Anka (alternatively called Anka kuşu (Anka bird) in Turkish.)