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Rotary Wing Kamikaze Drone KARGU Close to Overseas Sales!

STM’s kamikaze drone KARGU has successfully passed the test campaign performed under tropical, desert and tundra climate conditions. Result-oriented for the export of KARGU are being conducted within this scope and according to the statement made by STM, KARGU is quite close to making its mark on its first overseas sales as negotiations with three countries have already been accelerated.

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June 15, 2020. Receiving heavy demands from foreign markets with the performance it demonstrated in the theatre while being utilized by the Turkish Armed Forces, KARGU was also admired with its performance during the tests conducted in different countries under various conditions. Attending challenging test campaigns in various conditions such as tropical, desert and tundra climates, KARGU successfully accomplished the assigned tasks. 

Three countries show close interest in the procurement of the system and high level negotiations on the sales of the system conducted with friendly and allied countries have matured to a great extent while the countdown towards the first export of KARGU has started. 

KARGU’s New Production Base: OSTIM Teknopark

STM has received an order of total 500 KARGUs so far to be made available for the utilization of security forces and it has started to deliver the drones in batches. The production activities of the KARGU rotary wing unmanned air vehicles (UAV) developed by STM and also known as ‘kamikaze drones’ are being conducted at the company’s facilities at OSTIM Teknopark. 

KARGU Drone Attains Swarm Capability! 

KARGU is capable of operating independently on account of its advanced computer vision system and the first applications for the use of KARGU in drone swarms were accomplished last year, tested with swarms of up to twenty KARGU drones.

The efforts to improve the swarm algorithms and the execution of different tasks continue at a fast pace.  Additionally, the KERKES project is being conducted for the seamless operation of the drone swarm under all conditions. Following the completion of this project, within a period of 1 – 1.5 years, KARGU Kamikaze Drones with full swarming capabilities will be made available for the utilization of the Turkish Armed Forces. 

Meanwhile, activities continue toward solutions where the KARGU system could be employed and integrated with armored land vehicles, particularly on naval platforms.

In our recent interview on 23 June, FNSS General Manager & CEO Nail KURT noted that they have established successful cooperation on the integration of STM’s drone systems as part of the Shadow Rider Project (developed through the company’s own resources) where M113 tracked armored combat vehicles (ACV) were transformed into a remote controlled unmanned system, yet did not declare the name of the drone systems. In light of these statements, most likely KARGU system, one of the drone systems, would be a critical part of this project.