Algeria set to purchase Turkey’s Anka-S drones - report
Algeria is purchasing 10 units of Turkey’s Anka-S drones, months after Algiers’ blamed Turkey over a suspected Moroccan drone strike that killed three Algerians near the Western Sahara, the Middle East Eye reported on Wednesday.
The deal for the Turkish medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) was finalized last week and Algeria and is expected to formally approve it in the coming weeks, the Middle East Eye cited two sources familiar with the negotiations as saying.
Algerian officials without concrete proof on the matter, believe that Morocco used Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drones in the deadly strike on a truck convoy in November of last year near the Western Sahara town of Bir Lahlou, MEE reported.
Morocco last year acquired 13 Bayraktar TB-2 drones, Morocco World News site reported. The Baykar defense company produced drone’s popularity has been sparked by its effectiveness in a number of conflicts around the world, including Nagorno-Karabakh, Libya and Syria.
Algeria considered the TB-2, but opted for the Turkish state company Aerospace Inc-produced Anka-S drones, MEE said.
The Anka drone can carry four MAM-L smart micro munitions capable of hitting ground targets with precision. These munitions are developed by the Turkish company Roketsan.