Turkish defense contractor STM, which produces upgraded unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as "kamikaze drones," opened the doors of its manufacturing facility for the first time to Anadolu Agency.
STM Defense Technologies Engineering, which offers Kamikaze drones for use by security forces, continues its efforts for more advanced products and exports at the Ostim Technopark facilities in Turkey's capital Ankara.
A team of engineers at the compound works mainly on tactical and autonomous systems, mainly for the Togan, Alpagu and Kargu models.
The Ostim facility houses the main center for these models -- the company's "autonomous" product line -- as well as the infrastructure for their mass manufacturing.
Additional health measures have been taken at the compound to shield employees against the novel coronavirus, with intense work now on orders received for the Autonomous Rotary Wing Attack Drone Kargu, which recently entered the Turkish Armed Forces' inventory.
STM is now preparing to deliver installments of over 500 Kargu orders in the coming term to be used by the country's security forces.
The development of the Kargu platform -- now in use by the Turkish Armed Forces for roughly a year -- has benefited greatly from field use.
Though it has performed well in meeting the needs of the Turkish military, it is continually undergoing improvements towards being perfected in the future.
With its advanced machine vision capabilities, Kargu can function both as a single platform and as part of a swarm of up to 20 platforms since exercises began to be conducted last year.
Efforts continue in this field to streamline and improve swarm algorithms to perform different tasks. The KERKES Project is ongoing to enable the drone swarm to function smoothly in any environment. After the completion of this project, STM will be able to offer Kargus with full swarming abilities to the Turkish Armed Forces in approximately 12-18 months.
Efforts also continue on Kargu's integration with other platforms.
The model, which has been used by the Turkish Armed Forces and gendarmerie so far, will be able to work in tandem with various other -- especially marine -- platforms, in the future.
Research into integrating the Kargu with armored land vehicles and autonomous land systems are also being conducted.