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 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).