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Turkey's Anka UAV Program Faces Additional Delays

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Turkey's Anka UAV Program Facing Additional Delays

(Source: Forecast International; issued June 29, 2015)

ANKARA --- The Turkish government is delaying its Anka (Phoenix) medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned air vehicle (UAV) program. The Anka is designed to gather intelligence and Turkey wants to use the UAV in the fight against terrorism in the country's south-eastern region.

Deliveries planned for 2012 were delayed due to accidents and other problems. Two Anka UAVs are currently stationed in Sivrihisar Air Force Base, but neither system is used for operations.

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is developing the Anka. In addition, TAI signed a deal in 2013 with the Turkish Air Force for the production of a next generation UAV called Anka-S.

Originally, TAI planned to deliver the first batch in 2016. Now, recent technical problems are pushing back delivery to 2017.