Turkey’s Karayel tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), produced by Ankara-based Vestel Defence Industry, achieved its longest endurance flight of 10 hours and 50 minutes during a navy exercise code-named ‘Sea Wolf’ that began on 14 May.

Vestel also noted in a statement on 17 May that the Karayel “has become the first Turkish tactical UAV that has taken off from a civilian airport, carrying out a mission during a military exercise”.

The Karayel is fitted with a 1080 p high-resolution camera with a x50 optical zoom and also carries a laser designator to illuminate targets on the ground. […]