Search Defense Update:
Turkey Takes Delivery of IAI Harpy Killer Drones
Turkey has recently received the
IAI/MBT Harpy killer drone,
following a procurement contract awarded (but not publicized) back in 1999.
Turkey is currently planning to increase the capabilities of some 100
harpies now in service, with more flexible employment of "hunter / killer"
drones, such as the Cutlass.
Harpy was designed as a loitering attack UAV that is used for attacking
and suppressing enemy radars, associated with enemy air defense systems.
Utilizing a ‘Fire-and-Forget’ all-weather, day/night autonomous attack
capability, Harpy is launched from a ground vehicle against targets that can
be hundreds of kilometers away. Harpy is currently operational with the
Turkish, Korean, Chinese and Indian Armies, in addition to the Israel Air Force.
In December 2004 China was reported to be interested in an upgrade of its
systems to a more advanced version.