Kargu-2 'autonomous' drone attack

Occurred: May 2021

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A United Nations report suggests military drones are likely to have autonomously attacked human targets in Libya during a conflict in March 2020. 

The Kargu-2 attack quadcopter is manufactured by Turkish weapons company STM and is designed for asymmetric warfare and anti-terrorist operations.

Human rights, non-governmental organisations, including the United Nations, and technology experts have been calling for a global ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems (aka 'slaughterbots').

Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drones have also been used to deady effect by Ukraine's air force during Russia's invasion of the eastern European country, and by the Ethiopian government against Tigray People’s Liberation Front rebels.

Operator: Government of Libya
Developer: STM
Country: Libya; Turkey  
Sector: Govt - defence
Purpose: Kill/maim adversaries
Technology: Drone; Robotics
Issue: Autonomous lethal weapons; Ethics
Transparency: Governance


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Type: Incident
Published: March 2022