Turkish Developers Compete For Middle-Class UGV For Ankara’s Armed Forces. Turkey is steadily and almost surely moving towards military self-sufficiency. In addition to that it is moving towards one of the leading positions of unmanned systems producers. The Bayraktar TB2 UAV is infamous at this point, with its affordable price and easy maneuverability and capability to carry out strikes in various environments. Now, Turkey’s indigenous manufacturers compete to produce an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Four unmanned ground vehicles are competing to enter service with Turkey’s military under the force’s medium-class UGV project. Turkey’s largest defense company, Aselsan, is participating in the competition with its Aslan UGV, while Havelsan is pitching its Barkan; Best Group is offering its Fedai; and Elektroland Defence is proposing its Hancer. All four feature Aselsan’s SARP remote-controlled weapon system. According to a statement released by Turkey’s top defense procurement official, Ismail Demir, the indigenously produced UGVs have reached the final phase of the competition. The four finalist UGVs carried out tests with their 7.62mm guns and the contest is expected to conclude with a final winner system in Aug 2021. Demir described five categories on which the UGVs will be evaluated: general inspection, mobility, autonomy, firing and performance. Due to confidentiality no other specifications or information were provided. There are, however, expectations that if more than one system is sufficiently good, there could be more than one winner, up to four, as there are that many finalists.