Thursday, August 18, 2022

Turkey’s newest electronic warfare system spotted near border with Syria

The new Turkey-made electronic warfare system, called the KORAL, was spotted near the Syrian-Turkish border.

According to the local source, the Turkish Armed Forces deploys the new KORAL electronic warfare or jamming system a stretch of the Turkish-Syrian border around the northern city of Afrin.

The KORAL truck-mounted electronic warfare system developed and manufactured by Aselsan for the Turkish Armed Forces. The KORAL is able to search for, intercept, analyze, classify, and find the direction of multiple conventional and complex types of radar signals.


A complete Koral EW system, including four Koral Electronic Support Systems (ED) and one Electronic Attack System (ET), is mounted on two 8×8 military trucks. The vehicles can be up to 500 m away from each other, communicating via fiber-optic cables.

KORAL System is operated by two operators within the Operation Control Unit (OCU), one Electronic Support Operator for the detection, analyisis and DF functions and, one EA Operator for jamming, deception and source allocation functions. Additionally the Supervisor within the OCU handles the operation coordination and communication with the other KORAL Systems and commands.

The OCU incorporates three multifunctional consoles to achive these roles. OCU is in compliance with NATO standards and also supports NBC protection.

According to the current information, Turkey prepares for a military operation into Afrin in northern Syria as part of an extension of Turkey’s Euphrates Shield Operation, the declared goal of which was to target Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and drive Kurdish forces out of their enclaves in northern Syria.

Over the past few days, international media have been reporting about Turkish troops, tanks and armored vehicles rolling towards the Syrian border.

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