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Lentatek Kargi


Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / Loitering Munition Drone


Turkiye | 2022



"The Kargi is the latest addition to the Lentatek unmanned drone line-up - its design fulfilling a loitering munition role over the battlefield."



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Lentatek of Turkey has a history of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAVs) dating back to 2005 when it brought its "ARI" hand-launched micro-UAV to market. In 2007, the company revealed its "Karayel" (detailed elsewhere on this site) which has since been advanced into 2020 under the Karayel-SU variant and, today, the concern has now focused its efforts on an all-new arrival - the single-use "Kargi".

The new drone was developed with support from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and also involves Aselsan and Turkish defense powerhouse Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and its first-flight was recorded in 2018.

The Kargi is classified as a "loitering munition", a subgroup of attack drones that traverse the skies over battlefields seeking out Targets-of-Opportunity (ToO). As loitering munitions, its design in inherently disposable as the entire aircraft is essentially a controllable missile expended upon impact. The indigenously-designed, developed, and manufactured "all-in-one" weapon is marked suitable for use against "soft" targets found across the modern battlefield - both military and logistical / infrastructure types in value. The Kargi is particularly adept at neutralizing enemy air defenses by going directly after radar facilities and related support elements through low-profile precision strikes.

The aircraft has a blended wing-body arrangement with a warhead-tipped, missile-like shape emanating from the apex of the delta-wing planform. Twin vertical rudders are affixed to the wing trailing edges, straddling the conventional powerplant driving a two-bladed propeller unit in "pusher" arrangement. The propulsion scheme is the TUSAS Engine Industries (TAI) PG50 series engine. Additional fins are mounted near the midway point of each wing member for the needed control. As much of the drone is sourced locally, it makes for an ideal tactical-level battlefield solution for Turkish military needs. This includes the airframe itself as well as software, support, detonation, and seeker systems / subsystems.

The aircraft is launched directly from its transportation / storage container by way of expendable rocket booster.

The Kargi was used in its first exercises alongside Turkish military forces in June of 2022 (through EFES-2022) and is currently being used to succeed a stock of Israeli-made "Harpy" loitering munitions in same role.

The recent widespread use and subsequent success of drones in the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian War (2022-Present) have spurred development of such systems across the globe with Turkey quickly becoming a headliner in the industry thanks to its high-profile "Bayraktar TB2" unmanned attack drone.

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1 x TUSAS Engine Industries (TEI) PG50 series engine driving two-bladed propeller unit at rear of fuselage in pusher configuration.
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Total Production: 20 Units

Contractor(s): Lentatek - Turkey
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