Turkish Savar Drone In Use with Turks, Azeris

Turkish company Harp ARGE has exported its first anti-drone jamming device to the Azeri military recently, in an unmentioned quantity for delivery. Already in service with numerous Turkish military and security entities, the anti-drone device is being used to combat the usage of drones by enemies for surveillance purposes and even for dropping limited ordnance as has been seen in Iraq and Syria.

This particular device is called the Savar or Drone Killer and uses a sort of electronic jamming system that appears to be hooked up to waist mounted battery devices that power it while it is used to jam an enemy drone and disconnect it from the RC control station. In the video demonstrations shown, the device brings down drones in the air and users slowly drop them to the ground where they land.

A young initiative of the defense industry Harp Arge, accomplished a success by exporting his weapon Drone Savar to our ally country Azerbaijan. Drone Savar Gun, first produced in Turkey by Harp Arge, is currently being actively used by the General Directorate of Security and the Turkish Armed Forces to actively fight terrorism. Drone Savar, which is used by guards Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim, is in the most effective weapon class against the drones that can be used with the aim of terrorist attacks.

The Drone Savar weapon, developed by Harp Arge, who has carried out the research and development activities of many defense industry companies, has been subjected to challenging tests by Azerbaijan military. Drone Savar, who successfully passed all the tests, will serve in the Azerbaijani presidency.

Design of the device appears to not be very thought out well, with an extremely oddly contoured and bulky adjustable stock, in addition to a folding grip mounted on a picatinny rail made by Fab Defense. It has another picatinny rail on top that is used to mount a rifle scope, meant for aiming at the drone to direct the beam at a drone to bring it down. Interestingly, the company makes its own drones as well, thus providing both drone and anti-drone jamming device. It makes one wonder if the company could potentially be catering to both sides of a conflict.

As drones become more popular and available among unconventional forces, their ability to weaponize them either through surveillance means becomes much easier and faster as time goes on. These Drone Killers are an attempt to combat them but their largest crutch is the software inside of them. I imagine that we will begin to see a sort of escalation between both drone users and anti-drone systems. When one side develops a drone with a stronger or more resilient connection, the anti-drone systems will have to be updated with the latest frequencies, codes, etc… and then the cycle will restart with the other side developing more. The fact that Turkey isn’t waiting for U.S. or European designs to be adopted indicates the serious threat these drones pose to Turkish and Azeri forces as well.



Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Does it also work against drones that are NOT connected remotely that have been preprogrammed to follow a certain route to their destination?

    • Just Say’n

      Likely jams or “Spoofs” the GPS signal as well, causing loss of control or best case (for the drone) an unplanned landing. The first video demonstrates this. Otherwise it would just initiate the “return to home” function and head back to where it started.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Next Stop: Drones that home in on and destroy jammers.

  • datimes

    ISIS will just equip their drones with grenades that explode when the drone hits the ground.

    • PersonCommenting

      Still have to have something that pulls the pin or long fuse. Not that they couldnt just have a cell phone bomb on board.

  • me

    Drones have been a pain in the ass to the Azeris, because the Armenians have been using them to disprove the lies the Azeri government keeps telling it’s people about ‘Armenian Aggression.’

    It’s basically the same thing with the Turks. Drones have been used by the Kurds to protect themselves from the random attacks by the Turkish government (because Ergodan and his hard-line Islamist base blames them for everything in order to keep power)

  • Chris Benten

    I need to develop an EMP gun strong enough to knock these little spy devices out…

  • Omerli

    Thanks for this, nicely done. Not much coverage on anti-drone technology out there.

  • mazkact

    needs more rails