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Turkey Launches Initial Production of Anka UAV

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Turkey Formally Decides to Buy US-Made F-35 Fighter Aircraft (edited excerpt)

(Source: Hürriyet Daily News; published Jan. 6, 2012)

Turkey has decided to procure an initial batch of ten Anka UAV systems, developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries, and which has been under evaluation for the past year. (TAI photo)

ANKARA --- Turkey’s top decision-making body yesterday paved the way Turkey’s formal participation in a U.S.-led program for the production of next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

“The defense industry executive committee has authorized the Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry [SSM, Turkey’s procurement agency] to conduct talks for the aircraft’s purchase order,” the committee said in a statement after its meeting. The committee’s members include Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz, Chief of the General Staff Gen. Neçdet Özel and procurement chief Murad Bayar.


The committee also decided that SSM would buy 10 Anka unmanned aerial vehicles from TAI. After the first three tests of the vehicle ended with crash-landings, the final three flight tests held recently were successful. TAI already would have delivered three Ankas to the military this year, but the committee’s decision paves the way for the serial production of the 10 platforms.