Tolga Özbek / Istanbul, Aug 24 () - Turkey’s Undersecretary for Defense Industry has announced that domestic combat drones will be provided to the General Directorate of Security after the raising terror attacks, to boost air chase and intelligence, within emergency purchase programme.
In this regard, 15 planes and five ground stations will be assured with combat drones systems designed by the Anka and Kale/Baykar groups within the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), from 2016. This first deliver will be followed by a second package in 2017, within an acquisition period until 2020 to security aviation units.
The aircrafts designed with domestic means, Bayraktar and Taktik, are in the class of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). These drones can also convey the images scanned on a ground of 150 kilometers to the station.
Some 12 Bayraktar modeled drones have been already consigned to the Turkish Land Forces Command in the previous months. The Taktik modeled drones, on the other hand, is about to complete the necessary trainings. The drone systems are expected to begin active duty from the next month, in Turkey’s southeast, amid security tension.
The Anka, another drone designed by TAI, is in the class of MALE (medium-altitude long-endurance UAV) and can fly for 24 hours over 10,000 meters high. The other UAV models in ongoing manufacturing are expected to have different qualities such as CATS targeting and camera systems. Also, long-range air operations through the satellite will be possible.