Turkey’s first flying-wing unmanned fighter jet, Anka 3, has been unveiled by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).
The advanced aircraft is set to make its debut flight this year.
The unveiling occurred at the Military Radar and Border Security (MRBS) Summit in Ankara, where the jet’s features and a photograph were presented.
The Anka 3 Unmanned Combat Aircraft System will have the same avionic architecture and ground control stations as TAI’s Anka and Anka 2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs).
It is designed with low radar visibility to operate covertly without detection.
The aircraft also has a high-speed transfer capability, which allows it to be deployed quickly to remote areas.
The Anka 3 has a maximum takeoff weight of 6,500 kilograms (14,330.1 pounds) and a practical load capacity of 1,200kg, enabling it to carry a variety of payloads.
It can fly at a service altitude of 40,000 feet and remain in the air for up to 10 hours at 30,000 feet.
At the same altitude, it can travel at 250kts/0.42M, and its maximum speed is 425kts/0.7M.
The Anka 3 is capable of carrying out a range of missions, including air-ground suppression and destruction of enemy air defenses (SEAD/DEAD), intelligence-reconnaissance-observation (IGK), and electronic warfare (EW).
In addition to its internal weapon stations, the aircraft also features external weapons, including general-purpose bombs with TEBER-82 and TEBER-81 guidance kits.
With a weight of around 7 tons, the Anka 3 is expected to be equipped with an AI-322 or an equivalent turbofan engine, ensuring high performance and reliability.
TAI General Manager Temel Kotil stated that the company awaits Anka 3’s maiden flight.