The MİLSAR, developed by Meteksan Defence, is being showcased for the first time at IDEF 2019.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) serve as observation points in the sky during their long missions and MİLSAR will become the vital unblinking eye of these vehicles.
Technically, the MİLSAR is a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and a ground moving target indicator (GMTI) radar. Owing to their ability to provide high resolution images in weather conditions in which electro-optical sensors become ineffective, SAR and GMTI radars have become indispensable on reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft and satellites. The GMTI feature, on the other hand, comes in handy for the long-term surveillance of targeted activities, which is one of the main reasons why UAVs stay in the air for many hours, although the volume, weight and power consumption requirements of GMTI radars generally prevents their usage in smaller UAVs.
MİLSAR is the end product of long-standing works by Meteksan Defence on radar technologies that were first launched in 2007 with the MİLDAR project. This, in itself, provides cues to the system’s performance. As a system developed by engineers of Meteksan Defence, one of the main features that makes MİLSAR stand out is its ability to be used at effectively in tactical UAV-sized platforms. Based on advanced technologies and an innovative architecture, MİLSAR is low in weight and small in size, and sets itself apart by requiring only the level of power that a tactical UAV can generate.
In the light of the technological depth and experience it has acquired within the scope of the MİLDAR project, Meteksan Defence has succeeded in developing three different products: The Helicopter MİLDAR, the Automatic Take-Off and Landing System (OKİS) and MİLSAR. Meteksan Defence has already rolled out the Helicopter MİLDAR and OKİS as individual products. The Helicopter MİLDAR has already proven its ability to operate at the desired level of performance under the harshest of environmental conditions, even when exposed to constant vibration. OKİS, on the other hand, has successfully completed integration trials with different UAV platforms. Meteksan Defence has effectively conveyed the experiences and know-how gained with the Helicopter MİLDAR and OKİS to MİLSAR.
Noting that the MİLSAR was the result of a conjunction of the capabilities of Meteksan Defence and a Turkish Armed Forces requirement, Selçuk Alparslan, President of Meteksan Defence, said: “We allocated substantial resources and toiled long and hard on the development of millimetre wave radar technologies, which at the time were absent in Turkey. MİLSAR is a solution that we developed at the juncture between these prior investments, on one hand, and the newly emerging requirements, on the other. UAVs are today the eyes in the sky of the armed and security forces. Electro-optical systems, which can be described as the principal sensors aboard UAVs, have certain weaknesses, such as their inability to function in cloudy weather. However, these do not apply to the MİLSAR. MİLSAR will be able to serve as the unblinking eyes of UAVs, which it will do by being integrated even onto the small-sized UAVs that cannot be integrated with other systems. At Meteksan Defence, we feel great pride and pleasure in meeting the critical requirements of our users, and in converting prior investments into new assets.”
Technical Characteristics of MİLSAR:
- High resolution radar image generation
- Easily integrated onto platforms
- Weight: 30 kg
- Dimensions: 370 x 445 mm
- Low power consumption