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SEPTEMBER 2020

Turkish Military Deploys Counter Mortar Radar At Its Northwestern Hama Observation Post

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The Turkish military has deployed additional troops and equipment, including a mortar detection system, in its main observation post in the northwestern Hama countryside.

“The [Turkish] convoy entered from the area of Khirbet al-Juz, through rural Idlib, and headed to the observation post in Sher al-Maghar, which was surrounded by al-Assad forces from the western side recently,” the Enab Baladi news outlet quoted its reporter as saying on May 24.

The pro-opposition outlet also released photos of the Turkish military convoy, including one showing an Otokar Cobra II infantry mobility vehicle (IMV) equipped with a SERHAT II Counter Mortar Radar.

Turkish Military Deploys Counter Mortar Radar At Its Northwestern Hama Observation Post

Click to see full-size image. Source: enabbaladi.net

SERHAT II is a mortar detection system developed and manufactured by Turkey’s ASELSAN. The system provides a 360° azimuth coverage and has a detection range of 6km.

Turkish Military Deploys Counter Mortar Radar At Its Northwestern Hama Observation Post

Source: savunmasanayist.com

The Turkish observation post in Sher al-Mahar was targeted with mortar attacks twice in May. The first attack, which occurred on May 4, injured two Turkish service members.

Opposition activists held the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) responsible for both mortar attacks. However, these accusations were not officially adopted by the Ministry of National Defense of Turkey, that has not identified the attackers yet.

The deployment of mortar detection system indicate that the Turkish military is working to determine the source of fire, and in some cases even to strike back.

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