Pakistan and Turkey to jointly manufacture Anka drones to strengthen military cooperation

The joint drone production would boost cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey.

An Anka military drone on display during the Turkish Teknofest at Istanbul Airport (IST), Turkey. (AFP)

In yet another sign of solid cooperation between the two brotherly states, Pakistan and Turkey are all set to manufacture medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) Anka drones.

The drones will be manufactured by Pakistan’s National Engineering & Science Commission (NESCOM) and one of Turkey’s leading crewless aerial vehicles (UAVs) producers, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).

According to the Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency, the drone agreement aims to boost cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey.

An Anka military drone flying somewhere in Turkey.

Both the Turkish and the Pakistani companies would be responsible for the employment, resource, and technology transfer within the scope of the drone agreement.

The TAI General Manager, Temel Kotil, remarks that the joint-production of the drones will strengthen the “historical brotherhood for the gains of both countries.”

He added that the two brotherly states would continue to “develop production and primarily technological developments together.”

An Anka military drone flying somewhere in Turkey.

It is pertinent to note that Turkey had a contract with another Pakistani company in the past to produce parts for the Anka drone.

In 2013, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) at Kamra handed over the first batch of parts for the Anka.

About the drone

An Anka military drone on display during the Turkish Teknofest at Istanbul Airport (IST), Turkey.

The Anka drone is a Turkish drone that is utilized by several Turkish military and intelligence organizations.

These include the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), the Turkish Gendarmerie General Command, and the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT).

The Turkish drone can stay in the air for more than 24 hours at an altitude of 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) with a payload capacity of 250 kilograms (550 pounds).

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