Turkey put a laser weapon into a drone and conducted tests
ANKARA, ($1=13.79 Turkish Liras) – Turkey has successfully tested an internal laser system installed on an unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV], learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Defense Express.
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The system is called Eren and was developed by the defense companies Tubitak and Asisguard in co-operation with the forensics department of Turkey’s General Directorate of Security.
It is noted that during the tests the drone destroyed targets from a distance of 100, 300, and 500 m. The maximum altitude at which Eren can be located is 3000 m.
Such a system will be designed primarily for the destruction of explosive devices using a laser system. The video from the presentation of the Eren system also shows a metal plate fired by a laser mounted on Eren. It is noted that after the completion of all tests, the Eren system will be handed over to the Turkish army.
Turkey unveiled unmanned heli with 81mm mortar
The Turkish Institute for Defense Research and Development [SAGE], part of TUBİTAK – Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council, together with DASAL Aviation presented a new strike system that combines the capabilities of a DASAL helicopter and 81-mm mortar and management by SAGE, as we reported on December 8. Their combination allows the use of mortar ammunition for high-precision airstrikes.
According to the Turkish specialized resource TurDef, the cooperation between SAGE and DASAL Aviation has reached a new level and the relevant agreement was signed during the summit for logistical support of defense, which took place on 7-8 December in Ankara.
Gurkan Okumush, director of the SAGE Institute for Defense Industry Research and Development, said the agreement would improve results. This in turn will provide an opportunity to achieve better results than each country can achieve alone. He added that the result would lead to the emergence of new export markets.
In particular, this video shows that the Kargo-150 octocopter, developed and manufactured by DASAL, has a range of up to 40 km and a payload of 150 kg and can operate day and night with a suspension system mounted on four 81-mm SAGE’s Togan mortar strikes hit the target and successively fires ammunition, hitting it.
The suspension system installed on the Kargo-150 is similar to the one demonstrated at the IDEF-2019 exhibition, installed on the new light Turkish Hurkus-C light attack aircraft.
Interestingly, the infographic shown in the published video shows that the Kargo-150 UAV has two suspension systems with a total payload of 8 Togan munitions – a payload that was previously demonstrated on the Hurkus-C attack aircraft.
It is known that 81-mm Togan ammunition can be equipped with different warheads, which allows you to choose the most effective ammunition to hit a specific target, and in turn, the algorithms of the onboard fire control system provide accuracy [more previously reported CEP – 10 meters].
Earlier, Defense Express reported that a new strike mini-UAV BOYGA, also used with 81mm mortar ammunition, had been unveiled in Turkey and that Russia was excited about the new Turkish kamikaze drones and their strikes as part of a “herd”. Earlier we wrote about the state and prospects of military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey, as well as about the fact that Ukraine has become a leader in the import of Turkish weapons and military equipment.
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