On August 17, Turkey’s defense contractor Meteksan Defence Industry Inc. announced that it had developed a new military laser system.
The system, dubbed “Nazar ” [Evil Eye], will be presented for the first time at the Meteksan Defence booth during IDEF 2021 Exhibition. The system was developed with support from the Presidency of Defence Industries of the Republic of Turkey.
According to Meteksan Defence Industry, the land-based Nazar system provides broadband state-of-the-art laser soft-kill capability against elect-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) guided munitions to protect critical military bases and civilian facilities.
The system can detect EO and IR guided munitions then jam them with laser dazzling, Thus, it will be possible to neutralize EO and IR guided munitions from long distances.
Nazar was also designed to provide reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities. The system can also work with other sensors and systems to increase overall efficiency.
In the first phase of the Nazar project, a mobile land-based version that can operate on its own power was developed. Now, Meteksan Defence Industry Inc. is working on a ship-based version of the system.
The Nazar laser system will provide Turkey with capabilities accessible only to few nations. Nevertheless, the actual effectiveness of the system remains questionable.
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