Ankara is successfully integrating domestically-made radar systems into its ANKA drone, according to a senior official, which will help locate and destroy naval mines lost in the Black Sea amid the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
Turkey has integrated a new radar system into its drones that will help detect floating mines in the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, the head of Turkey’s defense industry said, days after the country detected and neutralized several naval mines in the area.
“Lost mine detection efforts have been carried out by integrating synthetic aperture SAR radars into the ANKA drone of our naval forces,” Ismail Demir said in a statement. Tweeter tuesday.
ANKA is the mid-altitude, long-endurance UAV produced in Turkey and developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI).
The new “SAR-Synthetic Aperture Radars” system will help Türkiye to ensure safe passage for ships passing through the Turkish Strait.
SAR is a type of active data collection where a sensor produces its own energy and then records how much of that energy is reflected back after interacting with Earth, according to Nasa.
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The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has seen stray mines drift into the Black Sea, increasing the risks to fishermen and ships in the region. Both sides accused each other of laying naval mines in the Black Sea.
Türkiye found and neutralized the first lost naval mine on March 26.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar warned on Tuesday that he could not say where the floating mines came from without proper data, but also cited unconfirmed reports that mines were intentionally launched in an attempt to to bring NATO minesweepers into the region.
“We will not allow the Black Sea to be drawn into war,” Akar said earlier, ruling out the possibility of letting a warship cross the Turkish strait. He said Ankara will respect the articles of the Montreux Convention.
Some 400 errant mines were floating in the Black Sea and the Turkish Strait, Akar said, citing the reports, adding that Turkey was working with countries in the region to detect them.
Source: TRTWorld and agencies