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Turkey receives first Sahin counter-UAV system

Aselsan's Şahin counter-UAV system has entered the inventory of the Turkish land forces. (Aselsan)

Aselsan's Şahin counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system has entered the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces, İsmail Demir, head of Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), tweeted on 17 July.

The Şahin 40 mm ‘physical destruction system' was developed to destroy mini and micro UAVs, according to Demir, who said it is easy to deploy and install and can be used for missions such as protecting critical infrastructure, border security, and air defence.

An SSB video showed the turreted Şahin mounted on a trailer destroying rotary- and fixed-wing mini and micro UAVs with Atom 40 mm ammunition. The system can carry 64 Atom 40 mm high velocity rounds.

Şahin performs automatic target detection and tracking using electro-optical cameras on its stabilised turret. It can be connected to radar or command-and-control systems.

The remote-controlled Şahin has an effective range of 700 m against mini and micro UAVs, according to Aselsan.

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