Ankara, Turkey – VESTEL Defense has respectively developed EFE, BORA and KARAYEL Indigenous UAVs in Mini, Midi and Tactical UAV categories thanks to the broad knowledge and experience it has obtained during the works conducted on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles starting from 2005. VESTEL Defense has the ability to design, produce and test any aerial vehicle for required operations. Based on the vision for being one of the leading companies around the region in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles area; VESTEL Defense’s engineering team perform avionic design, software development activities including structural and aerodynamic design, auto-pilot system, central control computer and ground control station. “Airworthiness Standard: STANAG-4671” published by NATO for UAVs are considered in UAV systems designed and produced under VESTEL Defense. Thanks to this approach, UAVs developed in VESTEL Defense are distinguished as the most compliant systems in terms of these criteria when the subject is UAVs flying within civilian airspace.

KARAYEL Tactical UAV System is the first and only Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle designed and produced according to NATO’s STANAG-4671 for surveillance and reconnaissance purposes. KARAYEL system has novel triple redundant distributed distributed avionics architecture which ensures protection against all kinds of uncontrolled crash. With this feature, VESTEL Defence has carried systematic fault safety used only in manned aviation in the world until now to an unmanned aerial vehicle for the first time with KARAYEL. The aerial vehicle has the ability to protect against lightning thanks to the aluminum network grid on its composite structure. ‘De-Icing System’ which automatically detects icing conditions and activates carries KARAYEL one step further in terms of operations in cold climates. KARAYEL, which is an aerial reconnaissance and surveillance platform, can perform target marking, lighting and ammunition direction with day/night target detection and identification by its camera system which it carrier as useful load and is at the top level in its class as well as laser sensors.

KARAYEL Tactical UAS

KARAYEL Tactical UAV System is the first and only Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle designed and produced according to NATO’s STANAG-4671 for reconnaissance and surveillance purposes. KARAYEL system has novel triple redundant distrubted avionics architecture which ensures protection against all kinds of uncontrolled crash. With this feature, VESTEL Defence has carried systematic fault safety used only in manned aviation in the world until now to an unmanned aerial vehicle for the first time with KARAYEL. The aerial vehicle has the ability to protect against lightning thanks to the aluminum network grid on its composite structure. ‘De-Icing System’, which automatically detects icing conditions and activates, is used. With this feature, KARAYEL resists adverse weather conditions and shows superior. It has the ability to detect and identify targets with the payloads it carries for reconnaissance and su, and to direct laser controlled ammunitions thanks to the marking system.

AERIAL VEHICLE

STANAG 4671 referenced design
Lightning Protection
Ice Removal
Triple redundant avionic architecture
Fully autonomous takeoff/flight/landing
AVGAS 100 LL
Composite main structure
Up to 190 kg, payload load capacity
Up to 20 hours of flight with 55 kg EO/IR Payload
Up to 22.500 ft Operation Altitude
200 km LOS range
GCS/GDTHandover

GROUND CONTROL STATION

NATO 4586 Interoperability
NATO III shelter compliant to NATO-6516/SCHPE/86 standard
Air-conditioning with 2 high powered air conditioners
Filtering against lightning and EMI effect in electricity and data lines
TASMUS/TAFICS interface
High capacity uninterrupted power source and backed-up DC regulators

GROUND DATA TERMINAL

Cabinet compliant to military standards
Heating and cooling unit
Uninterrupted power source and backed-up DC regulators
TASMUS/TAFICS interface
Operation beyond line of sight with advanced base and GDT transfer

PAYLOAD

KARAYEL can carry payloads like EO/IR, ES, SAR. Karayel has capacity of carrying EO/IR payloads with NIRS 7+ and properties
EO-Day Camera (HD) – optical zoom features
Night (IR) Camera (HD) – optical zoom features
Laser Distance Meter
Laser Target Directing
Laser Target Marking

Data Source : Turkish Defense Industry Product Catalogue