Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has signed a contract with Pakistan’s National Engineering and Science Commission (NESCOM) to produce military drones.
TAI is Turkey’s leading unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) producer and NESCOM is Pakistani missile manufacturer and civilian research organization. Both have inked a deal to produce components for TAI’s medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) combat drone, Anka.
The Anka is considered as a ‘medium-altitude, long-endurance’ drone, which can stay airborne for up to 24 hours or longer and can carry out surveillance and attack missions. The Anka is capable of carrying up to 200kg of sensors or weapons like lightweight air-to-surface missiles.
Within the scope of the contract, components belonging to Anka will be produced and developed. TAI and NESCOM will be jointly responsible for employment, resource, and technology transfer, the statement added.
“The contract we made with Pakistan within the scope of our ANKA UAV systems will provide significant gains to the UAV industry,” TAI General Manager Temel Kotil was quoted as saying.
“This acquisition (with Turkish Aerospace), especially with Pakistan’s NESCOM, will strengthen our UAVs. It is very important that we continue our historical brotherhood for the gains of both countries. We will implement the human resources cooperation we have made in the past years in this contract as well.”
Interestingly, Turkey had a contract with another Pakistani company to produce parts for the Anka. In 2013, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex at Kamra handed over the first batch of parts for the Anka.
In Dec. 2019, TAI has opened its first office in Pakistan at the country’s National Science & Technology Park.