LIMA 2023: Malaysia orders three TAI Ankas
Acquisition of the TAI Anka unmanned aircraft system will enhance Malaysia's surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities over the country's maritime zones. When armed, the UAS will also provide the military with a credible attack or point-defence capability. (Janes/TAI)
The Malaysian government has announced a contract with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for three Anka multirole unmanned aircraft systems (UASs). The Anka (Phoenix) is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAS that is capable of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), electronic warfare (EW), and combat operations.
The Malaysian Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) announced the contract on 25 May during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition 2023 held from 23 to 27 May.
The MINDEF said in its announcement that the value of the contract is MYR423.8 million (USD91.6 million) and that the aircraft would support the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) operations. The MINDEF added that these aircraft comprise Phase 1 of the acquisition.
A spokesperson from TAI added that the contract value includes the three aircraft and the control station. The RMAF will operate the aircraft.
The acquisitions are intended to sustain the RMAF's Capability Development Plan 2055 (CAP55). The plan aims to transform the RMAF into a “full spectrum” force and includes the incorporation of one squadron with MALE UAS.
An RMAF spokesperson told Janes that the CAP55 calls for the acquisition of as many as nine MALE UASs across three phases. “Each phase is intended to acquire three aircraft,” the spokesperson said.