Digital union’s robotic soldier Barkan is getting ready for duty


HAVELSAN, which has been conducting R&D studies in the field of robotics and autonomous technologies since 2019, aims “autonomy in military and civilian land, air, sea and space vehicles” in the process starting with the driving kit developed over the land vehicles usage scenario.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), HAVELSAN Deputy General Manager Muhittin Solmaz said that their work on unmanned systems dates back approximately 1.5-2 years.

Stating that they have started to work on unmanned aerial and land vehicles under the title of robotic autonomous systems, Solmaz stated that they have come a long way in middle class first level unmanned land vehicles within the scope of the studies. Solmaz stated that they continue to work in the under-cloud category in unmanned aerial vehicles.

Emphasizing that they aim to enable these systems to operate jointly and to support this by adding intelligence to the platforms, Solmaz used the following statements:

“Our goal at the starting point is that, independent of the platform, our different producers can develop platforms, to be able to add intelligence to them, to ensure that these platforms work together with the swarm algorithms we have developed, to support joint operations. We want to increase the effectiveness of the support or assets of our Turkish Armed Forces and security forces in the field. “

Stating that they have reached the point where they can make joint missions to unmanned aerial and land vehicles with their work, Solmaz said, “Barkan, developed as a middle class first level unmanned ground vehicle, will be able to work together with the under-cloud unmanned aerial vehicle called BAHA, or with other drones in addition to these, We have reached a structure where we can share tasks and work in a herd by adding intelligence to them. ” said.

Barkan “will make your mind talk”

Stating that they have developed 2 prototype unmanned ground vehicles before, Solmaz said that Barkan has passed many tests.

Explaining that Barkan was developed to be able to conduct armed reconnaissance and surveillance and to support the elements in the field, Solmaz said, “Our work is not only on the vehicle. Our biggest goal is to add intelligence to these vehicles and platforms with artificial intelligence. It is important to have the ability to work together and share tasks with manned elements, and to increase our effectiveness in the field. ” found the assessment.

Stating that Barkan has a weight of around 500 kilograms to meet the technical specification criteria in the middle class first level category of the Presidency Defense Industry Presidency, Solmaz stated that they have integrated the remote controlled Sarp weapon system into the vehicle. Solmaz also noted that they provide a wide view opportunity to the operator by means of remote control with many communication devices in the vehicle and all-around vision capability.

Solmaz said, “After Barkan, we will continue our work on autonomous and robotic unmanned land vehicles, which are called heavy class.” he spoke.

The goal is to present it to the field this year

Muhittin Solmaz, who also made statements about the project calendar, shared the following information:

“Our goal is to start the first field trials of these vehicles as of July, August. It is obvious that there will be some modifications to our vehicles according to the feedback from the field. Some improvements may also be necessary. We want to use the elements that can perform joint tasks in the field. Our first drone will take its place in the field as of June.

Pointing out that their ultimate goal is to switch to “digital unity” and to contribute to the elements in the field with digital unions, Solmaz said:

“We want to increase the capability and competence of digital unity together with autonomous and robotic systems. We aim to be able to support the Turkish Armed Forces and security forces with solutions that can make Turkey’s presence more tangible, especially in the critical regions around it and make us feel more confident as citizens of the Republic of Turkey. The life that matters to us. The lives of our military elements are very precious and precious to us. We continue our efforts to support them in the operation, to provide maximum benefit and to offer systems and technologies that can function in line with their wishes. “