Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) delivered 3 ANKA armed drones to the Turkish Navy yesterday (Oct 12). One of the armed drones has a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) ANKA is an advanced Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) class Unmanned Aerial System, performs day and night, all-weather reconnaissance, target detection/identification, and intelligence missions with its EO/IR and SAR payloads, featuring autonomous flight capability including Automatic Take-off and Landing.
Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) is a form of radar that is used to create two-dimensional images or three-dimensional reconstructions of objects, such as landscapes.
With SAR, the drone can conduct surveillance missions in all weather conditions.
CHARACTERISTICS: -Wing Span: 17.3m -Length: 8m -Powerplant: Heavy fuel engine (155 hp) -Payload Capacity : 200kg (full endurance)
PERFORMANCE -Endurance: 24 hours -Service ceiling : 30,000ft (MSL) -Data range: 200km
MISSION CAPABILITIES -Day and night, all-weather ISR mission capabilities with EO/IR/LD/LRF and SAR/ISAR/GMTI payloads -Fixed or moving target tracking capability -ATC radio relay over the datalink -On-board data recording capability -Expansion capabilities including SATCOM, SIGINT & communications relay -Remote Video Terminal option
SYSTEM FEATURES -Fully autonomous operation -The dual-redundant flight control system -Dual-redundant automatic takeoff and landing system -Dual-redundant electrical power generation -Dual-redundant high data rate digital datalink -An electro-expulsive ice protection system -C-130 Transportability