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Turkey will arm itself with hundreds of Kargu ‘kamikaze’ drones

ANKARA, (BM) – The Turkish company Defense Technologies Engineering and Trade will supply the Ministry of Defense of Turkey with hundreds of drones, among which there may be 356 units of Kargu kamikaze drones, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing source from the Turkish Ministry of Defence.

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Such a weapon could become a “killer” of Russian-made “Pantsi-S1” anti-aircraft missile-cannon systems in Syria and Libya.

According to the Drive magazine Kargu can also unite in a swarm of 20 drones for the purpose of a massive attack, which “could give the Turkish troops a new opportunity, potentially changing the game.”

The Drive recalls that the first generation Kargu was introduced back in 2017, and already in 2019 Kargu-2 were involved in operations on the Syrian-Turkish border.

The publication notes that a 15 kilogram drone is able to fly at a speed of up to 145 kilometers per hour, be in the air for up to 30 minutes and be in the visibility range for the operator at a distance of about 10 kilometers. According to The Drive, modern Kargu are equipped with three types of ammunition – high-explosive fragmentation, thermobaric and cumulative.

“In general, Turkey has become the locomotive of the development and production of unmanned aerial vehicles, using large types of which achieved great results in Syria and Libya only this year,” the publication concludes.

In January 2019, a military expert, Vladislav Shurygin, stated that the Pantsir-S1 was destroyed in Syria by the inexpensive and simple Israeli SkyStriker unmanned aerial vehicle. According to open sources, Elbit Systems SkyStriker ammunition is a small low-speed [up to 190 kilometers per hour] 35-kilogram unmanned aerial vehicle with a propelling propeller and an electric motor.

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Shurygin is confident that “the use of this ammunition in the daytime presents a certain problem, since it is vulnerable even to small arms,” however, flying a flock of such “kamikaze” in the air defense position at night may “constitute a serious problem for the enemy.”

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