Turkey’s homegrown Remote-Controlled Weapon Platform (UKAP), developed by defense contractors Katmerciler and ASELSAN, has been selected to be exported to the Asian market, local media reports.
At the Defense Services Asia (DSA 2018) fair held in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, Turkish developers of UKAP signed a cooperation agreement with DEFTECH, Malaysia's leading defense and aerospace company, to sell locally developed unmanned land vehicle in the Asian region, Daily Sabah reports.
TheUKAP can be managed at close range with a handheld remote control. The large bag-type control device allows the vehicle to be sent as a vanguard to areas far beyond human reach, which in turn keeps troops and personnel out of harm's way.
The close control is used in situations where it is not possible to have full command with the remote control and when it is necessary to react in person or instantly. In addition, it can be controlled via satellite. Satellite control allows multiple vehicles to be used without distance limitations.With its modular structure, the vehicle can also be used for reconnaissance and surveillance, detecting threats with radar, rescuing injured individuals, mine clearance, drawing off different vehicles, etc. through its camera equipment.
The platform can be controlled within a 3-kilometer range with the remote-control kit. While operation time is at least five hours with the battery, it can operate up to eight hours with the generator. Projects are also underway to increase the speed of the vehicle, which currently has a speed of 25 kilometers per hour. The carrying capacity of the vehicle is up to 3 tons.