ANKARA — In a surprising move, Turkey's procurement officials have set out to "urgently" acquire an unspecified batch of armed unmanned aircraft systems.
SSM said that the required drones can be both medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) or high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) models.
SSM's announcement says the competition will be open to both local and foreign manufacturers.
The work on the Anka dates back to December 2004. TAI has so far delivered two prototypes to the Turkish military, one of which crashed in 2013. The second prototype is stationed at an air base in Batman, southeastern Turkey, but is not operational, although an original timetable stated that three Ankas should have been operational in 2014.
Planned Anka models include an armed version.
Burak Ege Bekdil is the Turkey correspondent for Defense News.