ANKA to getting CATS Eye

ANKA to getting CATS Eye
ANKA to getting CATS Eye

Turkish Air Force Command (TURAF) wants to upgrade Turkish Aerospace’s (TUSAŞ) ANKA armed UAV with ASELSAN products. The force demanded to upgrade UAVs surveillance and targeting pod with indigenous ASELSAN common aperture targeting system (CATS) electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) reconnaissance, surveillance and targeting system.


According to Anadolu News Agency, ANKA-S type armed UAVs will be equipped with the CATS Electro-Optical Sensor System developed by ASELSAN. In this direction, the studies initiated for the integration of CATS to into ANKA platform were accelerated.

As part of the integration process, an 11-hour test flight was carried out in Batman. An ANKA UAV with CATS on board took off. Within the scope of the test, two Roketsan smart micro munitions were released and hit the target using the CATS system.

In addition, the CATS system has been exported to five countries integrated into Bayraktar TB2 armed UAV platforms.

TUSAŞ has delivered 14 ANKA Armed UAV to the Turkish Air Force so far. The force has already ordered six ANKA Armed UAV and plans to order ten more.

ANKA to getting CATS Eye


ANKA had a US-made FLIR Systems Star SAFIRE 380 HLD EO/IR sensor turret on board.


CATS Specs

CATS is a high performance electro-optical reconnaissance, surveillance and targeting system designed for fixed-wing and rotary-wing airborne platforms, including Unmanned Air Systems (UASs), helicopters and aircrafts.


Applications


    Targeting

    Reconnaissance and Surveillance

    Long Range Surveillance


Main Features


    Common Aperture with Diameter of 220mm


    Very Large Aperture for Narrow FOVs and


    Very Narrow FOVs of IR, HDTV and LL-NIR


    Cameras

    Larger Aperture Means More Light and


    Therefore Better Image Quality and Better


    Range


    Compact and Light-Weight System

    Single-LRU System

    Superior Range Performance

    High Performance IR Camera

    True Full High Definition (1920x1080) HDTV


    Camera


    No Digital Zooming Applied for


    1920x1080p Video Output

    2.25 Times More Sensor Pixels Used Than


    High Definition (1280x720p) HDTV Cameras


     Low Light (LL-NIR) Camera

    Common FOVs for IR, HDTV and LL-NIR Cameras

    Laser Range Finder and Target Designator

    Laser Pointer and Illuminator

    Internal Boresight Unit

    All-Digital Video Pipeline

    Advanced Image Processing

    Multi Target Tracking

    Simultaneous Target Tracking on IR, HDTV

    and LL-NIR Videos

    Accurate Target Geo-Location

    Determination of Coarse and Speed of

    Moving Target

    Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)

    Accurate Stabilization

    Automatic Alignment with Platform

    Operation in Very Low Temperatures in High Altitudes


Technical Specifications

Sensor Resolutions    IR: 640x512

​    TV: 1920x1080

​    LL-NIR: 640x480


Fields of View (FOVs)


(Horizontal)

    IR: 0.5° - 0.9° - 3.2° - 30°

​    TV: 0.5° - 0.9° - 3.2° - 30°

​    LL-NIR: 0.5°

Field of Regard (FOR)   


Azimuth: 360° continuous


Elevation: +10° to -105°

Laser Range Finder and Target Designator   


Range: up to 25 km


Wavelength: 1064 nm


Repetition rate: up to 20 Hz

Laser Pointer and Illuminator   


Laser Pointer:


Wavelength: NIR

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Laser Illuminator:


Wavelength: NIR

Communication Interface    RS-422, MIL-STD-1553B

Video Interface   


4x SMPTE-292M HD-SDI


2x PAL

Power Interface    28 VDC

Size   


Sensor Ball Diameter: ≤ 415 mm


Width: ≤ 437 mm


Height: ≤ 520 mm

Weight    61kg

Temperature   


Operational: -54°C to +50°C


Storage: -55°C to +70°C