Turkish defense contractor Roketsan has unveiled its first locally-developed directed-energy weapon (DEW) Alka that can destroy or disable hostile drones. Introducing Alka at the International Defense Industry Fair 2019 (IDEF '19), Roketsan said the weapon system was developed in response to recent surge in drone attacks targeting Turkish armed forces. According to Roketsan official Prof. Uğur Kayasal, Alka is equipped with both laser and electromagnetic systems to either destroy or disable drones and other similar aircrafts. Kayasal said the system can accurately track multiple targets with its onboard radar and electro-optics. Lately, terrorists around the world have been loading drones with bombs to carry out attacks or equipping them with cameras to gather intelligence on their targets. 'It is very difficult to hit drones with conventional weapons or bombs. You need to respond to newer threats in innovative ways… We plan to be the first in the world to develop such a system,' Kayasal said. Taking five years to fully develop the weapon, Roketsan has spent the last two years trying to make Alka into a portable system, so it can be moved around with a dedicated truck.