Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has shared the first real photo of the new ANKA-3 deep-strike stealth drone.
ANKA-3 MIUS (National Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle System in Turkish) is developed with domestic facilities of the Turkish industry and is expected to make its first flight in 2023.
In the shared photo, it can be seen that there are two supersonic drones on the ANKA-3’s external weapon station.
Defense Industry Presidency Chairman Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir, in a statement to Turkish media, announced for the first time that TAI has developed an unmanned combat aircraft. “Wait for it, it’s on the line,” commented the new unmanned fighter, Professor Demir, laconically.
According to information obtained by SavunmaSanayiST.com, TAI’s unmanned fighter jet will have a maximum take-off weight of approximately 7 tons.
ANKA-3, which is expected to make its first flight in the second quarter of 2023, is being developed in light of the experience gained from the ANKA series of unmanned aerial vehicles.
ANKA-3 was developed primarily for air-to-ground missions. Accordingly, deep-strike and DEAD/SEAD missions will be among the aircraft’s primary attack capabilities.
The drone family of the Turkish industry ANKA enjoys local and foreign interests. An ANKA-1 version, for example, is in service with the Turkish army. Also, this drone has already been exported to three countries.
Turksi has not only become a major manufacturer of military reconnaissance and attack drones but also one of the leaders in international markets.
The success of Turkey’s most famous drone, Bayraktar TB2, has brought opportunities for the Turkish defense to sell its unmanned products all over the world.