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Developed for UAV needs, it will be the soldier’s eye on armored vehicles!…

The Turkish defense industry is preparing the mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ARIKUŞ , which can land and take off on mobile land and sea vehicles, and whose battery is automatically replaced without the need for personnel to leave .

Located in a system that turns into a QR code track when opened. ARIKUSU’s battery is also changed automatically and the vehicle can return to duty within 1 minute.

ASELSAN DASAL Aviation Technologies, in partnership with Altınay, has developed a series of products in different classes to meet the military and civilian UAV needs.

Designed for reconnaissance and surveillance missions, the mini UAV ARIKUŞ has the ability to take off and land while land and sea vehicles are underway. Developed to perform special tasks, ARIKUŞU can perform critical tasks including surveillance, detection, recognition and tracking functions, thanks to its capabilities such as image processing, artificial intelligence and sensor fusion.

EXHIBITED AT TEKNOFEST 2021

Onur Güzelmeric, DASAL Sales, Marketing and Business Development Director, said that the main task of ARIKUŞU, which they exhibited at TEKNOFEST 2021, is to minimize the danger to the life of the personnel.

Explaining that there is a need for a fully automatic system to meet the surveillance and intelligence needs of personnel who go to the operation area or move from one point to another with armored or various vehicles without leaving the vehicle, Güzelmeriç said, “We started our work on this issue last year and we have completed our first flight in 2nd flight this year. We did it about a month ago.” said.

Explaining that there is a need for a fully automatic system to meet the surveillance and intelligence needs of personnel who go to the operation area or move from one point to another with armored or various vehicles without leaving the vehicle, Güzelmeriç said, “We started our work on this issue last year and we have completed our first flight in 2nd flight this year. We did it about a month ago.” said.

Developed for UAV needs, it will be the soldier's eye on armored vehicles

Giving information about the usage concept of ARIKUŞU, Güzelmeriç stated that ARIKUŞU started its mission when the system integrated into the land vehicle opened its doors automatically, without the need for military personnel to go out, while cruising at 30-40 kilometers speed. Güzelmeriç stated that the integration of the system to sea vehicles is also planned in the future.

THE FIRST TEST FLIGHTS ARE ALSO CARRIED OUT

Emphasizing that ARIKUŞU, after fulfilling its surveillance and intelligence duties for 20-25 minutes depending on the weather conditions, it provides a fully automatic landing on the runway with a QR code on its surface, Güzelmeriç said:

Developed for UAV needs, it will be the soldier's eye on armored vehicles

“The mission does not end here because we have to fly again. There is no need for personnel to change batteries. There are special slots in the system, one of which is empty and 5 of them are full. We take out the battery, which was discharged due to the mission, on the vehicle, into the empty slot, rotate the ARIKUŞU in a special system and turn it full. We install the battery and we ensure that it resumes duty in under 1 minute.There are also small fixed-wing UAVs that fly longer.They are also very useful, but since they are fixed-wing, it is not very easy for them to work in these types of armored vehicles in these terrains. “Even if it’s a VTOL (vertical take-off fixed-wing UAV), a 2-3 meter wingspan is needed to carry certain cameras. By fulfilling this uninterrupted mission with a small UAV, we are responding to a very serious need.”

Stating that they carried out their first test flights, Güzelmeric said that they will continue the next process in coordination with the authorities of need. Guzelmeric said, “Probably, our acceptance test flights will take place in the first half of 2022. We hope that the necessary studies will continue after that.” said.

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