Turkey’s BARKAN unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) has successfully tested Roketsan’s Laser Guided Mini Missile System, also known as Mete, the Anadolu Agency reported on January 8.
The state-run news agency released footage from the live-fire test, which saw the UGV scoring a pinpoint hit on a static target with a single missile. The 40 mm Mete has an effective range of one kilometer and a circular error probability of one meter or less.
The BARKAN was developed by HAVELSAN to assist military and security personnel. The UGV, which weights half a ton, has a maximum speed of 12 kilometers per hour and an endurance of up to eight hours.
According to HAVELSAN, the BARKAN can be armed with a variety of weapons, including a 7,62 mm machine gun, and equipped for several types of missions, like bomb disposal, CBRN [Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear] defense, load carrying, towing, reconnaissance, mapping and rescue.
The company also claims that the BARKAN is swarm-capable, which means it can be used in joint operations with other ground and aerial vehicles.
It’s still unclear if the BARKAN will eventually enter service with the Turkish military and security forces, or when this could happen.
In the last few years Turkey rose to become one of the world’s leaders in the development of military unmanned systems. The industry strengthened Ankara’s offensive capabilities, boosted its military exports and even expanded its political influence well beyond the Middle East.
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