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STM ALPAGU exported for the first time

Agencies and A News ECONOMY
Published November 17,2023

STM Defense Technologies, one of the main pillars of our country's defense industry and frequently noted for its developed national systems, has achieved another highly valuable development.

STM has accomplished a significant milestone with the export of the domestically developed fixed-wing national strike UAV system, known as 'Kamikaze UAV' in public, ALPAGU, entirely through local capabilities.

Announcing this critical development to the public for the first time through TRT News, STM General Manager Özgür Güleryüz provided valuable information regarding the export process conducted with an undisclosed country. All field tests were successfully completed.

Emphasizing that ALPAGU successfully completed all field tests, including armed test firings, Güleryüz also shared information about their initial deliveries to the concerned country. Thus, another success in export before entering the inventory in Türkiye has been added to the national technologies.

Highlighting STM's pioneering role in tactical mini UAV production globally and in Türkiye, Güleryüz emphasized the continuous maturation of works conducted under the coordination of the Presidency of Defense Industries in line with the needs of the Ministry of National Defense. Several countries are in line for ALPAGU

Underlining that they created a tactical mini UAV family for the first time in Türkiye with national engineering capabilities, Güleryüz reminded that STM's rotary-wing strike UAV Kargu, also signed by STM, has been exported to more than 10 countries across three continents.

Pointing out the first export of the fixed-wing strike UAV ALPAGU, Güleryüz continued, "Similar to our strike UAV KARGU and reconnaissance UAV TOGAN, ALPAGU is receiving considerable interest from various continents and countries. We are currently in discussions with numerous countries for new exports of ALPAGU. There are countries in line for ALPAGU.

Negotiations are ongoing for ALPAGU to enter the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces. Following the completion of these discussions, we will deliver numerous ALPAGUs to the TSK.

While equipping our army with national technologies, we will continue to contribute to the export goals of our defense industry through international sales."


ALPAGU, meaning 'a brave warrior attacking the enemy alone' in old Turkish, stands out with its light structure, diving speed, high maneuverability, low radar cross-section, and velocity.

Used actively in counter-terrorism operations, cross-border campaigns, and urban combat, ALPAGU has a range of 10 kilometers. It can effectively perform missions day and night with its electro-optical and infrared cameras.

Launched from a launcher, ALPAGU flies for approximately 15 minutes, successfully tracking the target with its critical software.

Equipped with electronic proximity fuse and capabilities for mission abandonment or self-destruction, ALPAGU, easily carried by a single soldier, can be set up and operational within 1 minute in the field. It can execute simultaneous attacks.

In addition to these features, ALPAGU stands out with its artificial intelligence and image processing capabilities, its silence, and its ability to accurately deliver its payload to the target. When all these aspects are considered together, it becomes a highly critical platform providing significant 'surprise impact' and operational superiority to its user.

Besides its superior capabilities, ALPAGU differentiates itself from its competitors by being able to integrate with land, sea, and air platforms. Four ALPAGUs can conduct simultaneous attacks on the same or different targets through a single ground control station.

Weighing less than 2 kilograms, there are only two similar platforms worldwide to ALPAGU. Developed by STM engineers, the mission computer and flight control system allow ALPAGU to autonomously navigate while conducting target acquisition and destruction under complete operator control following the 'Man-in-the-Loop' principle."