ALKA (weapon)

The ALKA Directed-energy weapon system (DEWS) is a Turkish dual electromagnetic/laser weapon developed by ROKETSAN.[1] It was first unveiled on the 2019 IDEF exhibition on 8 May 2019.[2] This combat laser was allegedly used to destroy one of GNC's Wing Loong II UAV, if this was true then it was the first time in human history that a combat vehicle used a combat laser to destroy another combat vehicle[3][dubious ]

ALKA (DEWS)
TypeDirected-energy weapon, Counter unmanned air system[1]
Place of originTurkey
Service history
In service2019-present[2]
Used byTurkey
WarsLibyan Civil War (2014-present)[3]
Production history
DesignerROKETSAN
Specifications
Effective firing rangeLaser Destruction range:500 m[1]
Electromagnetic Destruction range:1000 m[1]

Guidance
system
Automatic target detection by Radar[1] or electro-optical methods[2]
Accuracy8 mm precision at 1000 m[1]
References

HistoryEdit

It was reported in 2010s that various Turkish organizations like TÜBİTAK SAGE AND ASELSAN had been working on tactical lasers and some had achieved success in both 2015 and 2018 prior to the unveiling of ALKA directed-energy weapon.[3] According to ROKETSAN official Prof.Uğur Kayasal the weapon was developed in response to the increase of drone attacks on Turkish forces. ROKETSAN spent five years making the directed energy weapon system and spent the last two years of the developmental period to make the system road-mobile.[2] On 4 August 2019 an ALKA DEW mounted on an off-road armored car shot down a Chinese Wing Loong II UAV in Misrata, Libya.[3]

CharacteristicsEdit

The ALKA DEW is claimed to have a power of 50 kW.[3] It operates both laser and electromagnetic systems.[1] It purportedly uses ATR[1] while using both Electro-optical and radar detection[2] to track multiple targets simultaneously.[1][2] It is claimed by its designers to have the capability to disable a swarm of drones at a range of 4000 m,[2] destroy a target with laser at 500 m distance and destroy a target at 1000 m distance with electromagnetic weapons.[1] According to the designers, it can track targets at speeds as high as 150 km/h and track targets with precision of 8 mm at 1000 m distance.[1] It can purportedly operate in both night and day time and on multiple platforms, both stationary and mobile.[1] It has allegedly been used both against IEDs and UAVs in multiple environments.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "ALKA DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPON SYSTEM". Rocketsan. Archived from the original on 2020-02-05.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Turkey's Rocketsan unveils directed-energy weapon Alka against drones". Daily Sabah. 8 May 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-05-08. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  3. ^ a b c d e Timokhin, Alexander. "Turkey uses laser weapon technology to shoot down Chinese UAV Wing Loong II in Libya". Army Recognition. Archived from the original on 2020-04-16. Retrieved 2019-08-12.