A Turkish Anka drone outfitted with Milsar Synthetic Aperture and Moving Target Indicator (SAR/MTI) radar demonstrated mine detection in an April trial, manufacturer Meteksan Defense revealed.
The Milsar has been designed to conduct “intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, deterrence, and attack operations” through airborne platforms.
MILSAR SAR/MTI Radarımız ile serseri mayın tespit çalışmalarına katkı sağlamaktan dolayı gurur duyuyor, elde ettiğimiz bu başarıda bize destek olan @SavunmaSanayii, Deniz Kuvvetleri Komutanlığı ve @TUSAS_TR’a şükranlarımızı sunuyoruz. 🇹🇷 pic.twitter.com/hiq2JR2UFd
— Meteksan Savunma (@MeteksanSavunma) April 14, 2022
All-Weather Target Detection
The MTI detects and tracks moving targets while the SAR provides “high resolution and all-weather radar imagery, target classification and ground mapping,” allowing the aircraft to perform even in bad weather when its electro-optical sensors do not work.
The manufacturer claims that the radar can provide images with a resolution of up to 30 centimeters from any distance, even in the dark.
The radar provides detailed images by scanning a large waterbody area for real-time mine detection in SAR mode. It is particularly useful in detecting “stray mines” that “pose a high security threat in all weather conditions, day and night, instantly within the limits of the “Turkish blue seas.”