According to Turkish newspaper, The Daily Sabah, Turkey has offered Bangladesh ANKA UAV, HURKUS trainer jet and T129 ATAK helicopter. But BAF is buying Yak-130 trainer jet and possibly mi-28/mi-35 attack helicopters from Russia. But what about UAV? BAF is most likely to go for ANKA drone.
TAI ANKA is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) drone. It’s developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries. It’s a surveillance drone but has attack capabilities too. ANKA has a max speed of 220 km and range is about 4900 km. It can fly nonstop for 24 hours with a payload of 200 kg.
Recently Turkey has conducted test firings of ANKA. Images released by Turkish Defence Ministry showed Anka UAV carrying a combination of Roketsan MAM-L precision-guided bombs (PGBs), Cirit guided rockets, and UMTAS long-range anti-tank missiles. One image also showed the Anka to be equipped with the Aselsan electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensor.
MAM-L precision guided bomb:- It has a max range of 8 km. Effective against light/unarmoured vehicles and personnel within 25 m radius of impact.
UMTAS anti tank missile:- It can destroy any modern tank within 8 km. It’s used by T-129 ATAK helicopter too.
Initially one UAV will be bought. If its performance is satisfactory, Bangladesh will consider for more.