A.Şamil DEMİRSÖZ email@example.com
Turkey’s first unmanned combat watercraft family ULAQ passed an important milestone. Shortly after its first introduction to the press on 28 October 2020, prototype production of the first platform of the ULAQ family, the Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle (AUSV), was completed and the vehicle was launched. ARES Shipyard and Meteksan Defence, which announced the development together on February 12, are developing the ULAQ family together. AUSV is planned to start guided missile firing tests at the end of the first quarter of the year, following the completion of sea trials.
AUSV, which will perform tasks such as reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence, surface warfare, asymmetric warfare, armed escort and force protection, strategic infrastructure protection can be operated from land-based mobile vehicles, command centres or naval platforms. Produced from advanced composite material, AUSV will have a cruising range of 400 km, a maximum speed of 65 km/h, day/night vision capability and national encrypted communication infrastructure.
AUSV carrying 4 CİRİT and 2 L-UMTAS missiles is the first member of ULAQ family and other models will be developed to integrate various payloads to meet different operational needs such as surveillance, intelligence, mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, fire-fighting, search and rescue.