Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) expects the first export deal for its Anka unmanned air vehicle to be signed “before the end of the year”, a company executive says.

The Turkish air force agreed to acquire 10 of the medium-altitude, long-endurance type in a $300 million deal in October 2013, but TAI is now in discussions with four potential overseas customers for the Anka, says Bekir Ata Yilmaz, vice-president of strategy and corporate governance.

Although Yilmaz declines to identify the potential customers, Egypt is thought to have previously expressed an interest in acquiring up to 10 Ankas. […]