A Turkish reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Anka which has been designed in-house, carried out its first successful two-hour test flight and is now ready for use, the Zaman newspaper reports.
The Turkish Armed Forces plans to use the UAV Anka in combating terrorism. Earlier, Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz said tthe UAV will go into service in 2012 and will be used in military operations from April.
Work to create Anka was launched in 2004. The project involved 180 engineers. The UAV is a first for Turkey in the development field.