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IDEF 2021: New naval soft-kill countermeasure displayed for first time

19th August 2021 - 16:30 GMT | by Cem Devrim Yaylalı in Istanbul

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Nazar is currently undergoing land-based trials before being fitted on a Turkish Navy ship. (Photo: Meteksan)

Meteksan's Nazar will be used to protect surface combatants against incoming optically guided threats, with the first ship integration due in 2023.

At IDEF 2021, Meteksan is displaying its aptly named Nazar ('evil eye') countermeasure system against EO- or IR-guided missiles and drones for the first time.

The requirement for the system arose from the Turkish Naval Forces. In order to provide this capability, the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSM) and Meteksan signed a deal in 2015 to develop a broadband state-of-the-art laser soft-kill capability against EO/IR guided missiles to protect critical bases and facilities.

The first phase of the project was to develop and manufacture the initial system design. Currently this is being tested on land, and Meteksan expects to hand it

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