ASELSAN’s micro unmanned aerial vehicle ‘Saka’ takes wings

Flight tests of the micro unmanned aerial vehicle Saka, developed by ASELSAN for reconnaissance and surveillance purposes, were successfully carried out.

ASELSAN Project Manager Yusuf Ziya Kotil told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they are working on unmanned air, land and sea systems.

Stating that they are carrying out the Saka Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Project in this context, Kotil stated that the project has been initiated self-funded recently.

Explaining that the 3-axis gimbal Saka system, which was developed for exploration and surveillance purposes, is currently around 600 grams, Kotil said:

“Within the scope of Phase-1 of the project, we designed our own autopilot, aircraft propulsion system, compact aircraft platform with foldable arms and replaceable battery capability, and successfully conducted flight tests with the aircraft that we integrated our own software. We aim to reduce foreign dependency and realize aircraft capabilities with lighter and smaller platforms by nationalizing the image processing unit and data link system together with the autopilot, flight controller. “

Kotil said that they are also working on gaining autonomy capabilities such as target detection and tracking, and performing image-based tasks in indoor spaces.

Cave exploration to watch for land vehicles

Kotil stated that within the scope of armored vehicle and unmanned land vehicle projects carried out within ASELSAN, activities for small-sized aircraft system integration, which are needed to monitor the departure routes of land vehicles before certain distances, have also been initiated. Kotil made the following evaluations:

“We are continuing to design a mechanism that can meet the aforementioned needs, can be integrated into different land platforms and the aircraft can take off automatically without the need for manual intervention. We are working with local and competent companies on data link system and ground control station software.

As ASELSAN, we plan to outperform foreign products in the market with its customizable flight controller and ground control station software infrastructure, data link system that is resistant to electronic warfare threats and has a herd UAV infrastructure. At the end of this year, for the first time in our country, we will be implementing the Saka Unmanned Aerial Vehicle weighing less than 500 grams, which includes domestic and national, original flight controller and image processing unit hardware and software, data link system and various autonomy capabilities. “

Kotil said that Saka has advantages over existing UAV systems with features such as its small size, easy transportation with camouflage pocket size, ability to work in closed spaces, caves and similar environments, being ready for duty in a very short herd, meeting the need for a shorter range of image transfer. stated.