The Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and Meteksan signed an agreement in 2015 to develop an advanced broadband laser soft-kill system against EO / IR -guided missiles to protect key bases and facilities. Meteksan will develop three types of Nazar under the project: land, sea, and light. The company has already developed the land-based NAZAR, and acceptance testing is underway. When completed, the system will be used on large naval ships such as destroyers and frigates. The light version is being developed for smaller naval vessels such as corvettes and fast attack crafts.
Speaking to Naval News, International Sales, Marketing and Corporate Reputation Director of Meteksan Savunma, Mr Burak Akbas, they are conducting the project in two phases.
“We have completed the first phase of the project, the Nazar Land System. In the second phase, we will develop a sea version, called ‘Nazar Deniz.’ It will be used on naval ships to protect the valuable platforms of our naval forces, such as TF2000 air defence destroyers. There are also works for the use of Nazar on different platforms, we have planned to downsize the system so that it can be used on smaller platforms.”
Burak Akbas, International Sales, Marketing and Corporate Reputation Director of Meteksan
He also emphasized that the system aims to neutralize missiles with electro-optical and infrared seekers through targeted laser blinding and functional destruction techniques, and to protect military bases and facilities and key Navy platforms from missiles with electro-optical and infrared seekers.
About NAZAR project
The NAZAR project, which contains technology that very few countries in the world are working on, is considered a strategically important project for Turkey with its laser soft-kill capability. The system was developed with the ability to detect EO and IR-guided missiles and use laser-blinding dazzling and soft-kill techniques against missiles with this characteristic. This will make it possible to neutralize EO /IR-guided missiles from a long distance.
NAZAR is designed to be effective not only against known EO /IR-guided missiles but also to have reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities that provide an advantage against asymmetric threats thanks to its broadband capability. The system will also be able to work in an integrated manner with other sensors and systems to increase overall efficiency.
Nazar’s power requirements are less than 10 kW, and the system has its own generator for testing on land. On board ships, the system will rely on the ship’s own power supply.