Developed by Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş (STM), a prominent Turkish defense industry company, KARGU Autonomous Tactical Multi-Rotor Attack UAV was spotted on Wednesday, May 27 in Ain Zara, south of Tripoli, Libya.
A number of social media accounts supporting Haftar alleged a drone/UAV departing from Mitigar Air Base was downed. Yet, as a result of the first examinations of the photos of the platform allegedly downed made by Defence Turk, it was revealed that the platform was not downed. Instead, what was seen on the photo indicated they were only some parts of the drone after attacking.
Detection of KARGU from photos
Kadir Doğan, author of Defence Turk, stated after his examinations that the parts in the photos belonged to KARGU.
According to Doğan, the parts in the photos;
- Foldable rotor,
- Foldable arms and legs
- Metal battery compartment
case structure and dimensions of the structure are the parts of KARGU by STM that was spotted in Libya.
Why is KARGU still intact despite being hit?
When the structure of KARGU kamikaze UAV is examined, the condition of the front side, where the explosive and the camera are set, can be distinguished.
In the first examinations by Kadir Doğan, it turned out that the guided warhead and camera were not visible and these parts became separated from the rear side after burning / exploding. As a consequence, the explosive on the front side detonated while acquiring the target. However, the rear side remained structurally intact. Said to be the explosive head on various social media accounts, the silvery parts wrapped with folio were indeed the battery blocks.
Pro-Haftar forces claimed a number of Bayraktar TB2 were downed
The forces affiliated to putschist Khalifa Haftar disinform people on social media. In the previous months, Haftar supporters claimed they downed 26 Bayraktar TB2, which is a made-up story. When the images were analyzed, it came to light that some UAVs downed in the region were being carried to various locations in trucks and rephotographed and share as if they had been recently downed.
KARGU is an Autonomous Tactical Multi-Rotor Attack UAV solution for asymmetrical warfare and anti-terror campaigns that can be deployed by single personnel and either autonomous or remote-controlled. KARGU can be used effectively against stationary or moving targets with real-time image processing and deep learning algorithms embedded on the platform.
The system is composed of three components: “Rotary Wing Attack UAV”, “Ground Control Unit” and “UAV Charging Station” In our special news on IDEF-19, it was stated that, according to the information obtained by Defence Turk, STM Kargu Attack UAV has reached the last stage in its export to an unannounced country and has drawn great interest from a few countries to be exported to.
While STM continues its marketing activities, the company is also in an attemp to make new developments for the products In this vein, the flight time of the renewed Kargu-2 has risen from 25 minutes to 30 minutes. In addition, a variety of design improvements were made on Kargu.