HAVELSAN to steal spotlight at Eurosatory with digital troops

Turkish defense industry powerhouse HAVELSAN is set to make its mark at Eurosatory, one of Europe's premier defense exhibitions, slated to take place in Paris, France, from June 17 to 21.

Positioned at booth A350 in Hall 5B, the company will welcome visitors and engage in discussions with military and diplomatic delegations from across the globe during the event.

As part of the Turkish Pavilion, alongside numerous esteemed institutions in the defense sector, HAVELSAN will showcase its cutting-edge digital unity concept, featuring notable offerings like BARKAN, BAHA, and SANCAR throughout the five-day event.

HAVELSAN's future vision for autonomous systems where different types of unmanned aerial, land and sea vehicles can work together has emerged as “digital troops.”

According to the company, the role of this vision in the near future will be the transition to a new defense concept with the discovery of unmanned battlefields. Accordingly, the company plans to reveal systems that can work by cooperating with each other. “These systems will be able to perform tasks together autonomously, communicate with each other, reveal the best mission plan and implement this mission plan in the field,” it says, while adding that the digital troops is a concept where unmanned systems and soldiers can work together in battlefields.

HAVELSAN’s BARKAN is an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) weighing 500 kilograms. It can reach a maximum speed of 12 kilometers per hour and has an operating duration of 8 hours. Its mission capabilities include a 7.62-millimeter Weapon System, a Robotic Arm for bomb disposal missions, a CBRN Mission System, Load Carrying/Towing capabilities, Day/Night Reconnaissance, 3D Mapping, and Rescue Missions. It is capable of autonomous patrol, featuring GPS-independent missions, returning when the link is lost, leader tracking, obstacle avoidance, drivable area detection, and route planning.

HAVELSAN BAHA, meanwhile, is an Autonomous Sub-Cloud unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can perform joint operations with all unmanned systems with its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability, fully autonomous mission capability, modular architecture that allows the integration of different payloads and many more superior features. The Autonomous Mission Capability includes features such as night and day reconnaissance, surveillance, and intelligence operations. It also facilitates fire adjustment and enables the management of team and swarm UAVs from a Single Ground Control Station, enhancing operational efficiency. Additionally, it offers Sub-Cloud Mission Capability for enhanced flexibility and adaptability in various operational scenarios.

SANCAR is an Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle (AUSV) developed with Yonca-Onuk Shipyard. SANCAR AUSV is the first unmanned system deploying ADVENT ROTA (ADVENT C4ISR System that is designed for unmanned systems, which has come to life in many units of the Turkish Navy) as a mission system. SANCAR AUSV can be controlled from mobile Ground Control Station, which has ADVENT C4ISR mission system and in accordance with NATO Interoperability Standards, thanks to this feature; it provides the ability to be deployed on other naval platforms using ADVENT. Thus, it is possible for SANCAR to transfer tasks among different ships, performing network centric operations with manned/unmanned platforms as a task group.


Eurosatory, held every two years at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center, has been a significant event since its inception in 1967. Organized in cooperation with the French Ministry of Defence and the organizing company COGES, Eurosatory serves as a platform for fostering business development opportunities, increasing visibility, and networking.

The event offers various services, including tools for facilitating business contacts, organizing meetings, and providing business consultancy services to participating organizations.

In 2022, the fair saw participation from 1,743 companies hailing from 62 countries. Among them, more than 30 Turkish companies showcased their products. The event attracted a total of 62,000 visitors from 150 countries.

In the previous edition in 2018, 1,802 institutions and organizations from 63 countries set up stands at the fair. The event drew a significant crowd of 98,700 individuals from five continents. Moreover, the fair welcomed 227 official delegations from 94 countries and 4 international organizations, along with VIP participants from 34 countries. Notably, 39 country pavilions were established.

In terms of international participation in 2018, the U.S. led with 152 participating institutions and organizations. Germany, the UK, Israel, and Türkiye followed closely with 118, 85, 72, and 61 institutions and organizations respectively.

This year, more than 2,000 companies are slated to participate in Eurosatory,

Meanwhile, France has most recently canceled the participation of Israeli arms companies in the event. This decision comes in the wake of the recent Israeli army bombing of a refugee camp in Rafah. Prior to this move, approximately 74 Israeli industrial companies were expected to attend Eurosatory.

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