Turkish defense company Asisguard has equipped its new mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a 40 millimeter (1.6 inch) grenade launcher.
After securing a 5.56-millimeter cannon, the company pushed the drone, called Songar, a little further, said BarÄ±Å DÃ¼zgÃ¼n, the company’s general manager at Anadolu Agency (AA) at the SAHA exhibition. , a major defense event in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul.
After opening on Wednesday, the four-day event showcases Turkey’s defense products, including drones, weapons, radar systems, and land and naval vehicles.
There are also panels on various topics such as the space program, cooperation with the defense industry and engine development.
DÃ¼zgÃ¼n said his company aims to provide a single type of drone with different payloads instead of designing different types of drones.
For the next steps, he said the company plans to equip the drone with smoke bombs so that it can help stop the riots.
Work to equip the drone with a high-power laser system is underway, and during the exhibition a protocol will be signed by Asisguard, the Turkish defense company Havelsan and the Computer and Security Research Center of the information from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK BILGEM), he said.
In addition, work on a missile option is progressing rapidly, he added.
“R&D is like planting seeds, you have to continue for a long time,” he said.
Regarding exports, he said the drone has been exported to two countries so far and talks with three countries are in the signing phase.
He pointed out that the company first tries new payloads in Turkey, and then offers them to other countries.
In recent years, Turkey has become a rising star in the global defense and aviation industry.
Mainly in aviation and drones, Turkey has several companies and brands such as Baykar and TAI that produce aerial vehicles using mainly local resources.