KARGI Unveiled at LENTATEK Booth During EFES-2022 Exercise

The KARGI System prototype, which was designed and produced with domestic capabilities by LENTATEK (formerly VESTEL DEFENSE) under the Development and Prototype Production Contract signed in 2015, was displayed for the first time at the Defense Industry Exhibition held with the participation of 43 companies under the coordination of the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) within the scope of the EFES-2022 Combined, Joint Live-Fire Field Exercise in Seferihisar, İzmir. Visitors showed a great deal of interest in the KARGI System unveiled at the LENTATEK booth.

Issue 115 - August 2022

KARGI is in fact a very comprehensive development project. The first flight in the project was conducted in 2018 with a piston engine supplied from a foreign company, and KARGI proved its performance even in the first flight. Under the KARGI Project, all critical subsystems on the drone, especially the engine and propeller, have been indigenized. In that regard, the piston engine was supplied by TEI (PG50), while the propeller was specially designed by LENTATEK and manufactured by a domestic company. Other critical subsystems such as the RF Seeker was supplied from ASELSAN, and the warhead and solid-propellant rocket engine from TÜBİTAK SAGE. GPS communication antennas and data links, and the fuel tank are among the indigenized products on KARGI. According to the information we have received, the KARGI Project, in which the design and production of the Drone, Ground Systems, Navigation and Automatic Flight Control System, and the development of the System Software was carried out by Prime Contractor LENTATEK, has reached the acceptance stage after successful test flights. With this acceptance, which will pave the way for entry into the inventory, the activities under the Development and Prototype Production Phase will be completed, and the KARGI System will have been qualified. Following the completion of the prototype system deliveries, a separate contract is expected to be signed. The KARGI Systems to enter the inventory will initially replace the Harpy UAV Systems, which were ordered in 1998 (2 batteries of 108 aircraft) and put into service in 2002, a significant portion of which are in use and are now reaching the end of their service life.

KARGI Project Overview