Credit: Asian Military Review

The contract to provide unmanned aerial vehicles to the Malaysian Air Forces has been won by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).

China, the United States, and Italy were outbid by the Turkish enterprise.

The Malaysian army will receive three ANKA type drones from TAI, along with ground control equipment.

On May 25, during the 16th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia, the contract’s signing ceremony took place.

According to TAI’s deputy chairman, Mer Cihad Vardan, ANKA and the company’s other drone systems are well known on a global scale. We are approaching the export goals we had set for 2023.

The ANKA drone flew for the first time in 2010. It has a payload capacity of over 350 kilogrammes and can fly at 30,000 feet for more than 30 hours. It is 8.6 metres in length and 17.5 metres in wingspan.

The drone has an automatic takeoff and landing system and an autonomous flight control system.

Turkish defence and aerospace exports brought in $4.4 billion last year, up from $3.2 billion in 2021.

Exports from the sector were barely $248 million in 2002, but they first surpassed $1 billion in 2012.

The local economy generated $12.1 billion in total revenue in 2022, an increase from $102 billion the year before.

The local business completed more than 810 projects in total, up from 62 in 2002.

Exports from Turkish firms have risen steadily over the years, becoming significant players in the world’s defence industry.

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