Turkey’s E/O Response to Canada

Turkey’s E/O Response to Canada

President of Defence Industry Agency İSSB President İsmail Demir stated that the TB2 UAV delivered to Gendarmerie was equipped with ASELSAN’s CATS E / O payload in response to Canada’s embargo.

Canada has imposed an arms embargo on Turkey, and ASELSAN accelerated its CATS Electro-Optical Sensor System studies. The company has recently started its serial production. Demir said, “We have accelerated our work on CATS once the embargo is issued. We have installed them on UCAVs and delivered our UCAV”s.

CATS (short form of Common Aperture Targeting System) is a high-performance electro-optical reconnaissance, surveillance and targeting system designed for fixed-wing and rotary-wing airborne platforms, including Unmanned Air Systems (UASs), helicopters and aircraft. The Electro-Optical system is used for Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Targeting missions.

Turkey’s E/O Response to Canada

Main Features

Common Aperture with Diameter of 220mm

Very Large Aperture for Narrow FOVs and Very Narrow FOVs of IR, HDTV and LL-NIR


Compact and Light-Weight System, Single-LRU System,Superior Range Performance, High-Performance IR Camera, True Full High Definition (1920x1080) HDTV

Laser Range Finder and Target Designator

Laser Pointer and Illuminator, Internal Boresight Unit, All-Digital Video Pipeline

Advanced Image Processing, Multi-Target Tracking, Simultaneous Target Tracking on IR, HDTV and LL-NIR Videos, Accurate Target Geo-Location, Determination of Coarse and Speed of Moving Target, Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), Accurate Stabilization, Automatic Alignment with Platform, Operation in Very Low Temperatures in High Altitudes

Field of Regard (FOR)

Azimuth: 360° continuous, Elevation: +10° to -105°

Laser Range Finder and Target Designator

Range: up to 25 km, Wavelength: 1064 nm, Repetition rate: up to 20 Hz

Laser Pointer and Illuminator

Laser Pointer: Wavelength: NIR

​Laser Illuminator: Wavelength: NIR

Turkey’s E/O Response to Canada