Turkish Aerospace Industries rolled out
the first prototype Anka (Phoenix) medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aircraft in Ankara on July 16. TAI plans a press conference on Tuesday at Farnborough.Photo: Lexy Flamour, via Wikipedia
The initial Anka-A is a Predator A-class surveillance UAV. First flight is planned for September, with deliveries to the Turkish armed forces to begin in 2012. Anka-B will be an armed hunter-killer version.
The piston-powered vehicle has a 17m (55.7ft) wingspan, 1,600kg (3,500lb) gross weight, 30,000ft ceiling and 24h endurance with a 200kg payload comprising EO/IR camera and synthetic-aperture radar.Concept: TAI