STM from Turkey to deliver Kargu rotary wing attack drone to a foreign customer


According to information released on July 23, 2021, STM, one of the leading defense industry companies in Turkey, signed an export contract with an undisclosed customer for KARGU Rotary Wing Attack Drone Systems.
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STM Kargu Rotary Wing Attack Drone System.  (Picture source Army Recognition)


A developer of globally competitive, innovative high-tech products, STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. has now recorded its first export success in the field of tactical mini UAV systems, after having made its mark with Naval Platforms.

Developed by STM, an affiliate of the Presidency of Defence Industries of the Republic of Turkey (SSB), KARGU was introduced to the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) in 2018, and has since been upgraded in line with direct feedback from multiple end-users. Capabilities of the combat-proven KARGU platforms have attracted the attention of potential export customers, and the system has undergone numerous tests and trials in various geographical conditions in different countries. Upon obtaining successful results, the first export contract for KARGU was signed with an undisclosed customer. The KARGU drones to be exported under the said contract are to be delivered within 2021.

KARGU Rotary Wing Attack Drone is designed to provide tactical range ISR and precision strike capability for ground troops operating in high-risk areas of operation. The system can be deployed and operated by single personnel and is effective against both static and mobile targets thanks to the indigenously developed flight control suite and the target recognition system.

KARGU platforms are designed to be operated in line with the “Man-in-the-Loop” principle. Each mission (both ISR and Precision Strike) is performed under the complete control of the human operators, limiting the platform’s autonomy to navigational purposes only. KARGU platforms are designed to be operated by day or night, through EO and IR sensors. The system has “mission abort”, “return to home” and “self-destruct functions” as well as jamming countermeasures for signal disruption.

STM’s R&D programs for the Swarm UAV Operations are also successfully continuing. The KERKES Project by STM, which will enable UAV platforms to operate independently of GPS, is continuing and the tests are looking very promising so far. Lastly, it is confirmed by STM that there are works in the way for developing multiple different warheads for KARGU and ALPAGU Attack UAV Systems.


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