Agreement on reconnaissance drone production signed in Turkey
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 28 / Trend R. Hafizoglu /
An agreement on the reconnaissance drone production was signed in Turkey, Sabah newspaper reported today.
According to the newspaper, the agreement on the drone production was signed between the Turkish Ministry of Defense Industry and the Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBİTAK).
Turkey's National Intelligence Organisation instructed the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) to work out a draft for a new unmanned aerial vehicle such as a Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle in September 2013.
Earlier, Turkey manufactured its first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ANKA.
Work on manufacturing the first Turkish reconnaissance drones has been underway since 2004. About 180 engineers have worked on the project.
ANKA belongs to the medium-altitude long endurance UAVs. Compared with the Israeli drone Heron, ANKA has a number of advantages. So, while Heron can raise no more than a 185 kilogramme payload to a 30,000 foot altitude, this figure for ANKA exceeds 200 kilogrammes.
The Turkish military industry has recently focused on the development and manufacture of its own products.