The first phase of a competition organized by the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) within the scope of the Swarm UAV Technology Development and Demonstration Project with the participation of micro-scale companies and SMEs has been completed. SSB announced the development in a press release published on 16 September.
Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries, said the following in his statement on the subject: “The Turkish defence industry has achieved significant success in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles in recent years. Today, indigenous UAVs used by our security forces are among the leading systems of their class in the world. As the Turkish defence industry, we continue our efforts to constantly improve ourselves in terms of technology and acquire new technologies in this field. The use of unmanned systems with the swarm concept significantly increases the level of protection of friendly elements, firepower, precise destruction of targets, intelligence, observation and reconnaissance capabilities. While our tactical UAVs perform important tasks in the context of serving as a swarm, we initiated the Swarm UAV Technology Development and Demonstration Project in order for our micro-scale companies and SMEs to gain capability in this field and to strengthen the ecosystem in swarm UAV technology. With the Swarm UAV Technology Development and Demonstration Project, we aim to develop algorithms and software for the use of unmanned platforms in the swarm concept by micro-scale companies and SMEs. We organized a competition consisting of four phases within the scope of the project. We carried out the first stage of the first phase at Kalecik UAV Test Centre. As we see the excitement and determination of our companies, our hope and belief increases. I believe that our companies participating in this competition will make a significant contribution to the defence of our country with the UAVs they will develop at a more advanced level.”
26 Companies Applied to the First Stage
26 companies applied to the first stage of the first phase of the competition, of which the scope was defined as “Fixed Wing Swarm UAV Target Detection and Destruction Mission in Open Environment – Pre-Programmed Formation Flight”. Support was provided to companies that met the required qualifications by covering technology development costs. Many companies participated in the flight tests conducted at the Kalecik UAV Test Centre and demonstrated their capabilities.
Companies that have successfully completed the Phase-1 Stage-1 flight tests will continue their development and production activities within the scope of the project with Stage-2 “Surveillance and Duty Transfer”. The third and fourth stages of Phase-1 will consist of “Close Range Reconnaissance, Target Detection and Destruction” and “Long Range Reconnaissance by Release from Carrier Platform, Target Detection and Destruction”.
Other phases to be carried out will be:
- Phase-2: Rotary Wing Swarm UAV Indoor Navigation Mission
- Phase-3: Elimination of Drone Threats with Fixed/Rotary Wing Swarm UAV Mission
- Phase-4: Fixed/Rotary Wing UAV and UGV Swarm Mission in Open and Closed Environment
After the completion of all phases, the competition will end.