Helicopter MİLDAR at IDEF’19
Meteksan Defence has renewed its Helicopter MİLDAR solution in line with evolving needs.
The Helicopter MİLDAR, developed by Turkish defence company Meteksan Defence, is showcasing at IDEF 2019 as a system that provides a significant force multiplier by considerably enhancing the firepower of modern attack helicopters.
Following the integration of Helicopter MİLDAR into the T129 ATAK helicopter, and the successful conclusion of the project’s acceptance tests in 2017, Meteksan Defence is now taking Helicopter MİLDAR into the future by overhauling it with its own resources according to the evolving user needs. As Turkey’s very first fire control radar operating in the millimetre waveband, and equipped with Target Tracking and Terrain Profiling features, the Helicopter MİLDAR is being showcased at IDEF 2019 in a newly modified and advanced version, with its mast-mounted configuration. It is also being displayed in such a way that shows both its external geometry and architecture.
The Helicopter MİLDAR is also expected to become one of the main sensors aboard the helicopter to be developed under Turkey’s Heavy Attack Helicopter Project, the contract of which was signed in February 2019. Depending on the choice of the platform integrators, the system may be integrated at different locations on the helicopter. The integration of the system onto mast, which is the configuration showcased at IDEF, is actually one of the most difficult locations in terms of environmental conditions, and so can be considered indicative of the system’s ability to be successfully integrated in other locations.
Selçuk Alparslan, President of Meteksan Defence, said that the new Helicopter MİLDAR is a reflection of company’s innovativeness: “The Helicopter MİLDAR is one of the best examples of how the concepts of R&D and innovation are utilized in the defence sector. When we first started working on it, there were no other millimetre wave radars being produced in Turkey. We not only developed these technologies indigenously, but also ensured that the very first version of the Helicopter MİLDAR possessed all the functions of a modern fire control radar. In time, evolving user needs meant that different physical dimensions and integration options had to be considered. This led us to apply our previously developed technologies to a different architecture, and to roll out a solution that met the needs of our users precisely. In its renewed form, we anticipate Helicopter MİLDAR will come to occupy an important place in the future of attack helicopters.”