Turkey completes integration of uncrewed aerial vehicle

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) has completed the integration of the uncrewed aerial vehicle ANKA-S after an indigenously developed turboprop engine was successfully installed, Kokpit.aero website reported on Friday.

An uncrewed aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. It is a component of an aircraft system; which includes a drone, a ground-based controller, and a communication system between the two.

The drone is powered by a PD170 turboprop engine, which was developed by Turkish Engine Industries (TEI) under a contract signed with TUSAŞ in October 2014. It was developed for the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

TUSAŞ was founded in 1973 to decrease Turkey's external dependence in the defence industry and to develop indigenous defence systems.

The first batch of two Anka-S systems was delivered to the TSK in February 2018, while two more aircraft are scheduled for delivery later this year.

PD170 turboprop engine passed the compatibility test with the drone and TEI would produce 10 more engines as the first step, the website said.

The engine, which runs on diesel and JP-8 jet fuel, delivers a maximum power output of 150hp. The drone has an endurance of more than 24 hours and can fly at a maximum altitude of 30,000ft.

The ANKA-S can conduct a range of missions such as real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, communication relay, target acquisition and tracking.