Turkey: Armed Unmanned Ground Vehicles To Be Used In Afrin #OperationOliveBranch
Turkey’s armed forces will use armed unmanned ground vehicles during Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria, a government department said.
“20+ Unmanned Ground Vehicles will soon be delivered to the TSK [Turkish Armed Forces] and used in Operation Olive Branch,” the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) tweeted on Thursday, February 22, along with a video of the vehicle.
20+ İnsansız Kara Aracımız yakında TSK’ya teslim edilip, Zeytin Dalı Harekatı’nda kullanılacak. pic.twitter.com/Ha1FEdKNOC
— SSM (@SavunmaSanayii) February 22, 2018
The SSM was previously part of the Ministry of Defence but is now under the direct control of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The vehicle shown in the video appears to be a Katmerciler UKAP (Remote Controlled Weapon Platform).
According to a product brochure, the UKAP platform is fitted with an Aselsan Stabilized Advanced Remote Weapon Platform (SARP) turret. SARP can be equipped with a 12.7mm machine gun, a 7.62mm machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.
SARP features automatic target tracking and has a fire-on-the-move capability. Its sensors are capable of day and night imaging and include a laser range finder. It can store 1,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 400 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition or 96 40mm grenades.
UKAP is controlled via a 10-inch touchscreen LCD control panel and is powered by a hybrid battery/generator engine. Katmerciler says the expected battery life is five hours, while the generator enables eight hours of operation. The unit has a top speed of 25km/h (15mph).