SCİENCE

Turkish firm builds anti-drone system for civilian use

Harp RD senior official says such product can be used to protect an individual’s privacy

Anadolu Agency

Turkey's first electromagnetic anti-drone system -- developed by Turkish technology firm Harp RD Corporation -- can be used by civilians, the firm's General Coordinator, Aytekin Guclu, said Wednesday.

The products targeted for civilian use are being developed to provide sustainability in production and research-and-development efforts, Guclu told Anadolu Agency.

About why the public would need such a device, he said it could be used to protect an individual’s privacy.

“Someone could fly a drone on a land you own but there is no adequate preventive mechanism in this regard.

"We are particularly focusing on anti-drone systems, which can be used by public figures and civilians without restriction."

An anti-drone device is especially useful in border areas because of drone attacks or threats, he said.

The system will start serving at guardhouses in border areas, Guclu said, adding that such orders were being received by the company.

"We have received the order; our price proposal has been approved and when the procedures are completed we will send the anti-drone system," he said.

He said drone technology was developing very fast and this technology could be used for assault, harassment or intelligence.

We are constantly working to develop new models because we need to renew and improve technology to prevent threats, Guclu said.

He also said the anti-drone system was equipped with night vision equipment.

Turkish military and police are currently using anti-drone systems.

Harp RD focuses on meeting the Turkish military’s need for unmanned systems, electronic warfare and robotics.

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