Turkish defense contractor STM has revealed the Alpagu 2, a fixed-wing autonomous tactical loitering and attack UAV, at Expodefensa 2017.
The system, weighing only 3.7 kg, can be deployed and operated by a single person. Launched from a portable pneumatic launcher, the Alpagu 2 can perform high-precision surveillance and reconnaissance missions (autonomous or manual modes) to neutralize threats within a tactical range of 5 km.
Alpagu facilitates its autonomy through sophisticated computer vision and deep learning algorithms, such as tracking, detection, and classification of static/moving targets. The system includes the fixed-wing UAV, the launcher system and ground control unit.
The Alpagu can operate in day and night missions, with a range of 5 km and an endurance of 10 minutes. It features a cruise speed of 58 km/h, a maximum speed of 80 km/h and a maximum operational ceiling of 400 m. The system can be deployed in 45 seconds and is powered by a single LiPo battery.
[Source: Army Recognition]