STM Showcases the Future of Kamikaze Drones at IDEF’19

24 Temmuz 2019
General Yaşar Güler, Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces, receives information at the STM stand about the solutions provided by the company, and in particular about the Portable Smart Munition Systems ALPAGU and KARGU and the Reconnaissance Mini UAV TOGAN.

The news article that is in the first section of IDEF’19 Special Dossier published in the 70th issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review is now available on our website:

 

After launching the Portable Smart Munition Systems ALPAGU and KARGU, known also as kamikaze drones, and the Reconnaissance Mini UAV TOGAN at IDEF’17, STM came to IDEF’19 to demonstrate the new capabilities gained by these platforms, especially in swarm operations. STM also showcased models of its ship and submarine designs, cybersecurity solutions, its Through-the-Wall Radar product family, its satellite solutions and its underwater communication solution. In a separate area, STM ThinkTech introduced the ThinkTech National Capacity Model to visitors.

General Yaşar Güler, Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces, receives information at the STM stand about the solutions provided by the company, and in particular about the Portable Smart Munition Systems ALPAGU and KARGU and the Reconnaissance Mini UAV TOGAN.

General Yaşar Güler, Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces, receives information at the STM stand about the solutions provided by the company, and in particular about the Portable Smart Munition Systems ALPAGU and KARGU and the Reconnaissance Mini UAV TOGAN.

 

STM’s Mini Unmanned Systems Continue to Develop

After displaying the Portable Smart Munition Systems, a first in Turkey, at IDEF’17, STM completed its deliveries to the Turkish Armed Forces and the Turkish National Police of the first batch of these systems in late 2018–early 2019. STM is continuing its efforts to add new and improved features to these platforms while proceeding with the deliveries. Furthermore, the company has completed studies into the use of these systems in coordination with its TOGAN Mini UAV System in reconnaissance and surveillance roles.

Designed for reconnaissance and surveillance missions, TOGAN’s endurance has been increased, and the platform now features a new optical pod system with improved image resolution. TOGAN has been further improved with new features that include the ability to automatically change missions while in the air, and to perform joint operations with KARGU Rotary-Wing Smart Munition Systems. Through this capability, information on the location of targets detected by TOGAN is transferred automatically to KARGU, allowing KARGU to carry out autonomous attacks against identified targets.

STM showcased the first examples of the multiple-drone operations performed with KARGU at IDEF’19.

STM showcased the first examples of the multiple-drone operations performed with KARGU at IDEF’19.

A new version of the ALPAGU Fixed-Wing Smart Munition System was on display at IDEF’19, with a reduction in total weight from 3.9 kg to 1.9 kg while maintaining ammunition capacity, as well as with improved image processing and target detection capabilities.

The endurance of the KARGU Rotary-Wing Smart Munition System, which is currently in the inventory of both the Turkish Armed Forces and the Turkish National Police in which it is proving its worth in strike missions against fixed or moving targets, has also been increased. The platform’s new modular design has allowed for a reduction in total weight.

After intensifying its efforts to apply swarm technologies supported by artificial intelligence to the platforms it has developed, STM showcased the first examples of multiple-drone operations performed with KARGU at IDEF’19. Visitors had the opportunity to watch videos of swarm movements and dives performed simultaneously by more than 20 KARGU platforms.

KARGU’s ground control station has been designed for easy use in the field.

KARGU’s ground control station has been designed for easy use in the field.

In a statement made by STM during the fair, it was explained that KARGU, TOGAN and ALPAGU are expected to be included in the inventories of the security forces in the near future. In addition, the attention attracted in the international market by these advanced technology products, which have made an appearance in the Turkish defence sector after a very short period of time, was also emphasised.

On the second day of the fair, the “Contract for the Procurement of Special Purpose Equipment and Services for Homeland Security” was signed that foresees the entry of KARGU into the inventory. This contract for the drones to be delivered to the units of Turkish Land Forces Command, Turkish Naval Forces Command, Turkish Special Forces Command and the TNP was signed between the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and STM.

The “Contract for the Procurement of Special Purpose Equipment and Services for Homeland Security” for the KARGU Smart Munition System was signed by (from left to right): Aydın Kara, Director of Information Systems at STM; Ömer Korkut, Deputy General Manager of STM; Gökhan Uçar, Head of Department of Unmanned & Smart Systems at the SSB; and Yusuf Hakan Özbilgin, Director of Tactical and Special Purpose Unmanned System Projects at the SSB.

The “Contract for the Procurement of Special Purpose Equipment and Services for Homeland Security” for the KARGU Smart Munition System was signed by (from left to right): Aydın Kara, Director of Information Systems at STM; Ömer Korkut, Deputy General Manager of STM; Gökhan Uçar, Head of Department of Unmanned & Smart Systems at the SSB; and Yusuf Hakan Özbilgin, Director of Tactical and Special Purpose Unmanned System Projects at the SSB.

 

Fast Patrol Boat Entrusted to STM

STM signed two important contracts in the field of naval defence during the fair. A Protocol foreseeing Cooperation in the Fast Patrol Boat Development Project was signed between the SSB and STM on May 2. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Murat İkinci, General Manager of STM, said: “STM will do its part in ensuring TAF has the most powerful navy in the region with the help of our defence sector.

Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries and Murat İkinci, General Manager of STM, signing the Protocol for Cooperation in the Fast Patrol Boat Development Project.

Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries and Murat İkinci, General Manager of STM, signing the Protocol for Cooperation in the Fast Patrol Boat Development Project.

 

STM showcased a model of its assault boat design (at the front) at its stand.

STM showcased a model of its assault boat design (at the front) at its stand.

 

We think that this project is a very significant step, and will support the design of the Navy’s future fast patrol boats, along with the necessary studies related to this issue.” Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries, said: “As a subsidiary of the SSB, STM is one of the most important engineering and design companies in Turkey in the field of naval platforms and systems. As they are currently engaged in the provision of a number of designs and engineering services for existing platforms, appointing them for the platforms that will be developed in the future will make an important contribution to Turkey’s future platforms. We hope that the team charged with designing the world’s most advanced system in its class will come up with a result in the shortest possible time.”

The MoU on the “Development of an Electric Drive System for Speedboats” was signed by (from left to right): Dr. İbrahim Bekar, Vice President of ASELSAN; Prof. Dr. Haluk Görgün, President and CEO of ASELSAN; Dr. Celal Sami Tüfekçi, Chairman of the Executive Board of STM; and Murat İkinci, General Manager of STM.

The MoU on the “Development of an Electric Drive System for Speedboats” was signed by (from left to right): Dr. İbrahim Bekar, Vice President of ASELSAN; Prof. Dr. Haluk Görgün, President and CEO of ASELSAN; Dr. Celal Sami Tüfekçi, Chairman of the Executive Board of STM; and Murat İkinci, General Manager of STM.

 

On the first day of the fair, a MoU was signed between ASELSAN and STM on the “Development of an Electric Drive System for Speedboats”. Under the agreement, studies will be carried out into the development of an electric drive system – an important field in military ship technologies – and into the creation of a coalition that brings together the knowledge and experience of all parties. The ultimate goal is to produce a completely indigenous solution.

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