The successful production of an indigenous tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by a partnership of two privately owned Turkish companies has unwittingly highlighted major delays in a government-run program for the development of a more advanced UAV, the Anka.

“We have reached [a technological level] that we can produce unmanned aircraft,” then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan proudly said in a speech in Parliament April 29. The country’s first drone Erdoğan was referring to was none other than the Anka, one of his pet projects in Turkey’s ambitious efforts for indigenous systems development.

Turkish engineers have been working on the Anka since the beginning of the 2000s, with no convincing delivery date yet. TAI officials have said they are working hard to achieve deliveries between 2016 and 2018. […]