Turkey could become the first country in the world to receive a drone with a coupled machine gun capable of hitting targets with high precision. The country expects this equipment to be delivered by the end of the year.
According to New scientist, the 25-pound drone has eight rotating blades that put it in the air. The attached machine gun carries 200 rounds of ammunition and can fire single shots or bursts of 15 rounds.
Many countries and groups already use small military drones capable of launching grenades or hitting targets where they detonate explosives. The new drone, called Songar and manufactured by Asisguard, based in Ankara, is the first drone equipped with a firearm ready for use.
According to the article, it is difficult for a drone to shoot accurately, on the one hand because of the difficulty in assessing range and angle and, on the other, because the retraction of each shot significantly moves the equipment, affecting the goal of the next round.
To overcome these challenges, Songar has two systems: one uses sensors – cameras and a laser range finder – to calculate the distance, angle and wind speed to determine where to aim; The second is a set of robotic arms that move the machine gun to compensate for the effects of recoil.
THE Asisguard states that this drone has such accuracy that it allows to reach an area of 15 centimeters to 200 meters away. This is accurate enough for each bullet to hit a human-sized target. The drone pilot chooses the target by aiming at it using a screen inserted into the remote control.
The company believes that with improvements in accuracy, Songar will soon be able to hit targets more than 400 meters away.
The drone also has night sensors to operate in the dark and has a range of 10 kilometers and can also operate in groups. For Ayis Sunar of Asisguard, a group consisting of three of these drones can be piloted with a single remote control, with the group firing at the same time under a particular target.
According to Robert Bunker of the US Army Institute of Strategic Studies in Pennsylvania, the concern is that armed groups can copy the technology and produce their own makeshift versions.
Songar may also establish new uses for these devices, he added. Machine gun drones, for example, could fire suppressing fire, while others carried out attacks on more substantial targets, such as infrastructure or vehicles.
The Turkish military is involved in patrolling the country's border with Syria. In October, Turkey launched air strikes on border cities, resulting in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, and several reports of human rights violations.