HAVELSAN’s Systems Support Search and Rescue in Turkiye Earthquake

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Turkish tech firm HAVELSAN has been mobilising their resources to strengthening search and rescue effort in the Turkiye-Syria earthquakes with smart technologies.

Since the first day of the earthquake, HAVELSAN became part of the search and rescue teams, sent aid to the earthquake victims, and made in-kind and cash donations to ease the difficult conditions of the people who suffered from these disasters. Besides these aids, HAVELSAN’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) BAHA and POYRAZ took part in reconnaissance-surveillance activities to assist search and rescue teams in the region.

The BAHA and POYRAZ UAVs carried out reconnaissance-surveillance missions, especially in villages and mountainous areas, and shared the images they received with the coordination centre in the region.

BAHA, with its sub-cloud flying ability provided the necessary images when it becomes difficult to take images with other UAVs due to bad weather conditions. With the help of BAHA, search and rescue teams provided the first information about the settlements where transportation is not possible.

Due to its vertical take-off and landing capability, BAHA successfully operated in tough fields and terrain conditions in the region. Its superiority to be used in even drizzly weather with its sealed body structure, BAHA did receive and transmit high-quality images from long distances with its advanced electro-optical equipment in search and rescue activities.

HAVELSAN’s Unmanned Ground Vehicle, BARKAN, was also shipped to the territory with a load-carrying basket. In case of need, BARKAN will support the missions of transporting the wounded earthquake victims or material in the region. –shp/hvl/aaa (Image : Havelsan)