Exclusive video from test flights of the Turkish unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) “Anka” in the Zhambyl region

The Kazakhstani Army may adopt Turkish UAVs for military service.

25/07/2023 - 11:17

The active trials of  Turkish UAV "Anka", are currently being conducted in Zhambyl region. An exclusive from Sarbaz.kz will elaborate on the testing process and whether these UAVs will, in fact, be adopted by the Army of Kazakhstan.

The test trials are being conducted at the Combat Training and Deployment Center for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Taraz.

The flight and technical engineering personnel of the military unit 14157 and the representatives of the manufacturing company, Turkish Aerospace Industries are jointly involved in the trials

Before the tests commenced, a prior intermediate inspection and technical qualifications took place. Additionally, the technical engineering personnel, pilots, and payload operators have received specialised training in Turkey. After the system’s delivery and deployment of the system, Kazakhstani specialists have begun the testing phase.

"Test flights are one of the qualification stages. The task at hand is to verify the reliability of the system, equipment, and all auxiliary systems. The experimental military operation of the system is planned for August 2023 and will continue until mid-March 2024," - Col. Shokhan Musabekov, the head of the Combat Training and Deployment Center for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles states.

Should the tests be successful, the “Anka” UAV system will be adopted by the Army of Kazakhstan for military service.

It should be noted that the “Anka” unmanned system has already been used in combat operations in the Middle East and in Nagorno-Karabakh, where it has successfully demonstrated its effectiveness.

The advantages of the “Anka” system include its high performance in terms of range, flight duration, and strike precision. For take-off and landing purposes, the UAV is well-suited for both, unpaved runways and specially equipped airfields. The payload capacity of the UAV is up to 300 kg, and its anti-icing system allows for flights in low temperatures.

While UAVs were once considered the weapons of the long-distant future, today we are witnessing their active use in armed conflicts.

The main capabilities of the unmanned aerial vehicle include:

  • Reconnaissance and target designation
  • Artillery fire adjustment
  • Guiding strike aircraft to ground targets
  • Penetrating and overcoming air defense systems
  • Elimination of critically important targets behind enemy lines

This is an incomplete list of the capabilities of this new generation weapon; however, the most significant advantage of UAVs is that their use completely eliminates personnel losses in carrying out combat tasks.

It is worth noting that, with the following factors in account, the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan has established the Department for the Development and Application of Unmanned Aviation Systems was established within its structures.




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