Subscribe Free
in Defence

Anka successfully completes acceptance tests

Posted 29 January 2013 · Add Comment

The acceptance test campaign of Anka Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAV System, which was designed and developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), was successfully completed with the last test flights held between January 20-22 2013.

The 18+ hour long test flight commenced on January 20 at 9:05am and concluded with automatic landing on January 21 at 3:15am, after successful demonstration of full endurance and 200km data link range performances under winds reaching to 45kts.

During the flight, air traffic control (ATC) coordination was achieved through on-board radio, which was relayed to ground control station over the data link, demonstrating Anka's capability to operate safely in an airspace managed by ATC.
 
On a separate test flight on January 22, night take-off and landings were demonstrated using automatic take-off and landing system (ATOLS).
 
During the acceptance campaign, which has been in progress since autumn 2012, about 130 different ground and flight tests were successfully accomplished, witnessed by MoD undersecretariat for defence industries (SSM) and Turkish Air Force representatives, proving ANKA systems' mission readiness.
 
Since its first flight in December 2010, Anka system has accumulated more than 140 flight hours, during which flight control, data link, propulsion, fuel, landing gear, environmental control, ice protection and electrical systems, as well as mission systems including EO/IR payload, ATC radio and data recorder were tested at altitudes reaching 26000ft. Autopilot, navigation, automatic loiter pattern and ATOLS capabilities were demonstrated throughout the flight envelope, including severe weather conditions.
 
Contract negotiations are already underway with SSM for the initial serial production of 10 Anka systems for the Turkish Air Force.
 

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Much more than a remote possibility…

Remote towers are now operating elsewhere in the world, so how could the concept be applied to the Middle East? Alan Corner, who heads up the Dubai office for aviation consultancy Helios, gives his views.

Etihad Airways announces three key UAE executive appointments

Etihad Airways has announced the appointment of three UAE nationals to executive positions within the airline.

Gulfstream streams seamlessly into the Gulf

With a hefty order from Qatar Executive and strong interest in its new aircraft, Savannah-based Gulfstream is enjoying blue skies all the way in the Middle East. Liz Moscrop reports

Iomax delivers first production Archangel to the UAE

Iomax delivered the first of 24 new Archangel aircraft to the UAE Air Force and Air Defence in June 2015. Jon Lake looks at the programme and the aircraft.

New Saudi-Ukrainian aircraft programme launched

Ukrainian manufacturer Antonov has formally announced the launch of its new Antonov An-132 military freighter. The aircraft, which is a derivative of the existing An-32 Cline, will be produced jointly by Ukraine and Saudi Arabia for

Superjet move for Iran as Sattari visits Moscow show

Reports that Iran's days of buying Russian aircraft are over, have been scuppered by the country's vice president for science and technology, Sorena Sattari, who attended MAKS - Russia's largest air show near Moscow this week.

Turkish Aviation Academy SSC 2015
See us at
Aviation Festival Mena BT Aug-26O15Dubai Airshow RBT 4S-12N15Gulf Defense and Aerospace - Kuwait 2015GATE BT 4S-12N15DIAC 2015 BT Aug19-8N15Aviation Iran BT S-3Mar16