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14 May 2014

AUVSI 2014: Aselsan’s New Unmanned Systems Portfolio

Aselsan’s new unmanned systems portfolio has developed two man-portable UAS; the ARI-1T rotary-wing system and fixed-wing Mini UAS (MUAS). Aselsan sadly is not exhibiting at AUVSI, but this might be of interest to readers nevertheless.


The aircraft were being developed for the Turkish Armed Forces, and two ARI-1Ts had been handed over for evaluation, while the MUAS, of which two variants exist, the MUAS-1 and the MUAS-2, is set to finish its development this year.

The complete ARI-1T system consists of two air vehicles, a ground-control station, and a ground datalink. The MUAS-1 and -2 feature the same ground components and also two air vehicles. Both systems are designed to act in ISR roles.

Unmanned Systems activities focus on the development and production of systems with remote control and autonomous decision making capabilities, which will be widely used on the next generation battlefield arena. Aselsan employs novel design approaches to develop, manufacture and deploy military specifications compliant, high performance servo system solutions for weapon systems, radars and electro-optics systems used on ground, naval and air platforms in the service of Armed Forces worldwide.

Aselsan's KAPLAN Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robot is a genuine product for disposal of explosives remotely from a safe distance under demanding conditions. Equipped with the latest technology, KAPLAN EOD's core competencies are its strength, endurance and ease of control.

The KAPLAN EOD robot enables the bomb squads to examine a suspicious object from at least 500m and is equipped with a seven-degree-of-freedom robotic arm for detailed inspection and disposal of explosives. The agile vehicle platform provides enhanced mobility on various terrains such as rock piles, steep slopes, stairs etc. under snowy and muddy conditions. (Photo: Aselsan)

The onboard surveillance system enables the robot operator to examine suspicious objects with high resolution in real-time from the remote Operator Control Unit (OCU) and record for future examination.
Additionally, with 3D robot display shown on the OCU, all movements of the robot can be monitored even if the robot is not within line of sight.

The KAPLAN EOD robot also allows the operators to use automated processes and predefined operations to increase their attention on the mission by decreasing the work load in such a highly stressed environment.

The KAPLAN Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) family is the new generation multi-purpose product family based on a rugged high-mobility vehicle platform and a modular operator control unit. The KAPLAN UGV family can be equipped with various mission specific payload kits and a unique structure providing seamless interoperability.

KAPLAN UGVs can be controlled through an advanced network enabled control station, supporting adjustable control levels ranging from simple tele-operation to automatized procedures. The human-machine interface is designed to assist the operator in difficult operational scenarios, decreasing the task load while increasing the situational awareness. Equipped with reliable, military grade and field proven equipment, KAPLAN UGVs are able to work under demanding environmental conditions.

KAPLAN UGVs can also be easily equipped with different payloads according to the mission's requirements due to its modular structure.  The vehicles can be utilised in reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition activities, detection and disposal of buried mines or IEDs and electronic warfare applications. (Photo: Aselsan)

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