Turkey Has Developed and Tested Its Own Combat Laser System
ANKARA, (BM) – In Turkey, acceptance tests of the promising combat laser installation ARMOL, designed to combat drones, have passed, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to Jane’s, the issue of accepting the installation of the Turkish army is currently being considered.
The Turkish military conducted tests of a laser combat mount mounted on the chassis of an armored car COBRA. Details of the tests were not disclosed, however, according to the Minister of Industry and Technology of Turkey Mustafa Varanka, they were successful.
“Laser weapon domestic production has successfully passed the tests and now adequately enter the arsenal of the Turkish Armed Forces” the minister said.
The development of a combat laser system is conducted by the Turkish research center TÜBİTAK BİLGEM. According to information from open sources, the weight of the installation with all the elements is 400 kg, power – 1,25 kilowatts. It can be installed on land and offshore mobile platforms, as well as used permanently. The installation is capable of burning steel plates with a thickness of 3 millimeters from a distance of 500 meters. The main purpose is the fight against small unmanned aerial vehicles, and the installation can also be used for mine clearance. The range of work on ground objects pa exceeds 200 meters.
It was previously reported that the developers of the laser system did not exclude its adaptation for installation on fighters, most likely to protect aircraft from missiles with optical guidance systems.
It should be noted that work in Turkey on the creation of military laser weapons began five years ago, in 2013, with the involvement of Aselsan and scientists from the TÜBİTAK BİLGEM center in Ankara. The state program provided for the creation of two models of laser weapons. The government of Turkey took six years to develop working prototypes.
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