ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Egypt intends to buy 10 Turkish indigenously built Anka unmanned aerial vehicles.
The contract follows negotiations that lasted 2 1/2 months. The decision was made during a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Cairo last week, when Turkey and Egypt signed a number of cooperation agreements, including a related to defense industry cooperation.
Turkish State Aerospace Industries Company Director General Muharrem Dortkasli said many countries neighboring Turkey are interested possibly acquiring Anka UAVs as well.
Turkish Defense Industry Ministry spokesman Murad Bayar said that Turkey plans to start production of Anka UAVs in early 2013, Sabah newspaper reported.
Turkey is to replace and Israeli-made Anka component with an indigenously produced computer case.
Turkish Aerospace Industries General Manager Muharrem Dortkasli said that TAI has initiated a study to replace the Israeli-produced component.
"The brain and the heart of the work are handled by our engineers," Dortkasli said. "TAI is in the process of authorizing the piece, which will be included in serial production."