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Another Turkish Anka UAV crashes

Discussion in 'Greater Asia & Middle East' started by layman, Dec 11, 2013.

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  1. layman

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    TAI made Anka UAV has crashed on Dec. 6 southeastern Turkey. Cause remains under investigation, military officials here said.The UAV went down during a day flight , the officials said. The Anka has been undergoing operational test flights at a military base in Batman, southeastern Turkey.

    In a written statement, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), maker of the Anka, said that a technical investigation into the crash was progressing, with no results so far. In 2012, the Anka made two crash landings during flight tests.

    The Anka passed acceptance tests late in January. The final, decisive tests on Jan. 20-21 involved a full-endurance, 18-hour flight, successful auto landing, data-link performance at a distance of 200 kilometers under winds up to 45 knots, and night takeoffs and landings. The Anka has completed more than 150 flight hours.

    The Anka is a medium-altitude, long-endurance drone. Such UAVs usually can operate for 24 hours at an altitude of 10,000 feet. On paper, the Anka is impressive. It was envisioned as a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) aircraft, capable of carrying more than 200 kilos for a full day, at an altitude of up to 30,000 feet. But in the field, the Ankas are pretty useless, Defense News says. The first test version, produced last December, flew for 14 minutes before falling from the sky. Subsequent versions have shown slight improvement, and in May, the Anka managed to stay aloft for 90 minutes before smashing to smithereens, and the third prototype, flown in September, flew for nearly two hours before crashing.

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    [MENTION=8735]safriz[/MENTION] Faulty Pakistani components ?

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    Pakistan only makes harnesses for the UAV.
    The UAV is still a prototype so these crashes are normal..
     
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