As we informed you recently, the Greek defence company Soukos Robots is one step closer to ruin, as its debts have forced it to go to auction.
The Patras-based defence company has developed and presented several state-of-the-art military products, but the standout is the "Minotaur", an optionally manned armoured vehicle equipped with a laser to combat enemy unmanned aerial systems and therefore threats.
Given the latest developments regarding Soukos Robots the future of the operation is unknown, and the same for the impressive "Minotaur". While it was never certain that the Greek army would acquire this weapon system, it would certainly be an ideal option for rocky islets, border areas and generally any parts of the Greek map directly threatened by Turkish drones.
Is Spain taking over India?
A few days after we were informed about the auction of Soukos Robots, a quite interesting news appeared on the internet concerning Spain.
More specifically, Bulgarian Military reports that the Spanish Ministry of Defense has given the go-ahead to Indra Sistemas and Escribano Mechanical & Engineering to begin development of the Weapons Instrument Laser Demonstrator [DIAL] project, essentially a Minotaur-like laser system designed to counter aerial drones. The project is expected to cost €11 million for Barcelona.
Over the next four years, the two Spanish companies will work together to design an innovative laser system, which is estimated to be completed in December 2027.
The DIAL project is unprecedented by Spanish standards, as it is the first initiative to create a laser weapon, which is why it is still at a sufficiently early stage to have more details in hand.
According to the official Spanish documents, we now know that the aim of the cooperation between the two companies is to develop an anti-drone weapon with a power of 35 kW. In addition, we know that the prototype will have an electrostatic system, a navigation mechanism, a laser guidance system integrated as a subsystem to guide the laser beam and, of course, will demonstrate the ability to suppress an enemy target through directed energy, that is, with its high-power laser beams.
So far the range of the system is unknown, as are most important aspects of the program, but if the Greek army is indeed interested in acquiring an anti-drone laser system and cannot do so through the Minotaur, then the Spanish program may be worthy of the GNAF's interest.
Needless to say, the optimal solution would undoubtedly be to procure a Greek-made system.