The Turkish military has taken delivery of the next-generation variant of its Anka drone, Yeni Akit newspaper reported on Sunday.
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), the manufacturer of the Anka, delivered four newly configured Anka-S drones to the military, according to the newspaper.
Two of these drones will serve in the navy while the Turkish Air Force will use the other two, defence news site SavunmaSanayiST.com said.
According to a TAI official named Ömer Yıldız, who was interviewed by that defence site, the main difference between these new generation Anka platforms and their predecessors is their wings.
The Anka-S can carry a payload weighing 250 kilograms and remain airborne for 24 hours. However, the newly-configured version of the Anka-S can carry an extra 100 kilograms and stay airborne for up to 30 hours, Yeni Akit said.
The Anka drone can carry four MAM-L smart micro munitions capable of hitting ground targets with precision. These munitions are developed by the Turkish company Roketsan.
TAI is also considering supplying Turkey’s Gendarmerie General Command with this new Anka.