Turkey’s domestically-developed laser weapon system ARMOL has completed its acceptance tests, Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank announced. The minister also shared a video showing the weapon in action, penetrating armor plates and destroying drones. The 400-kilogram laser system was mounted on a Cobra armored vehicle, along with target acquisition hardware and a control terminal.
Integration plan for fighter jets
The 1.25-kilowatt laser weapon is able to damage 3-millimeter steel plate at a 500-meter range and is planned to be integrated into fighter jets. The system was developed by Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey’s (TÜBITAK) Information Security Research Center (BILGEM). BILGEM has developed other laser weapon systems, including the 20-kw High Power Laser System (YGLS).