Turkish military-industrial complex began to make money on the war in Syria
ANKARA, (BM) – At one point, one of the most important factors in the Turkish army’s conduct of hostilities in Syrian territory was a demonstration of the combat capabilities of the products of the Turkish military-industrial complex (MIC).
Turkey itself, which depends heavily on Western partners in terms of military technology and components, nevertheless has ambitious plans to take a leading position in regional arms markets, especially in the Middle East and North Africa. The Syrian theater of operations in this regard is an excellent demonstration platform for future customers.
This policy has begun to bear fruit. The government of Tunisia recently signed a contract with the Turkish company Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for the supply of six unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) Anka-S and three control stations. The contract also includes technology transfer. The total contract value is $ 240 million.
Turkey is a newcomer to the North African arms market. The main actors here are Russia, the USA and France. So Ankara has the right to consider the current contract for the supply of UAVs breakthrough.
Drones will be delivered in reconnaissance version. But it is also expected delivery in the shock version. Anka-S can carry both various types of missiles, and Roketsan MAM-L adjustable bombs.
The Anka-S multi-purpose drone is made primarily of composite materials. It has a maximum take-off weight of 1.6 tons (payload – 200 kg). The wing span is 17.4 m with a total length of less than 8 m. The UAV is equipped with a 155 liter Thielert Centurion 2.0 piston engine. from. The declared maximum duration in the air is 24 hours, flight altitude can reach 9 km.
It is significant that the TAI company received the Tunisian contract after the fighting in the Idlib de-escalation zone, where Anka drones were used not only actively, but also on a large scale along with the operational-tactical drone UAVs Bayraktar TB2 also made in Turkey.
Turkish drones were engaged in intelligence gathering and supported the attacks of militants of the Syrian rebel groups on the positions of government forces. The Syrian military managed to bring down two Anka-S. And the Turkish army, together with the militants, lost the campaign outright.
Nevertheless, the experience of the massive use of drones was assessed by the Turkish command as positive and even led to the emergence of a “new military doctrine” in the region. However, the leadership of the Turkish Ministry of Defense did not explain the essence of this doctrine.
As for plans to conquer the arms markets, there is nothing to offer the Turkish military-industrial complex except drones. For example, for more than ten years, the Turks have not been able to bring the program to create a new generation Altay domestic main battle tank (MBT) for a victorious end.
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Editorial team / Regnum / Ivan Konovalov
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