ARES Shipyard and Meteksan Defence successfully integrated a remote-controlled weapon system (RCWS) with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun onto the Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle (AUSV) version of the ULAQ. The new version of the vehicle completed the firing tests conducted in Antalya, successfully. The companies announced the development on 24 January. On the other hand, the information on the dates of the test campaign or which RCWS was integrated onto the ULAQ-AUSV was not disclosed.
The first version of ULAQ-AUSV has been integrated with guided missiles and the vehicle has successfully destroyed its target by firing a missile in May 2021. The new version of the vehicle armed with an RCWS was developed to guard sea borders, naval bases, ports and critical facilities.
In a joint press release by the companies, Utku Alanç, CEO of ARES Shipyard, and Selçuk Kerem Alparslan, President of Meteksan Defence, stated: “We would like to express with great pride and happiness that we have successfully completed all tests including the firing tests with the 12.7mm weapon system of armed unmanned surface vehicle, ULAQ-AUSV. We are aware of how important the ULAQ Unmanned Surface Vehicle is in the protection of sea borders, naval bases, ports and critical facilities. In this context, we continue our intensive activities to integrate new systems to ULAQ within the scope of different requirements.”
ARES Shipyard and Meteksan Defence aim to carry on with the production of new ULAQ vehicles for surveillance and intelligence, mine counter measures, anti-submarine warfare, firefighting and search and rescue missions.
The vehicle has a range of over 400 km, a maximum speed of over 70 km/h, day and night vision capability, autonomy, crypto and electronic warfare protected communication infrastructure and a hull manufactured from advanced composite materials. ULAQ-AUSV will be able to execute tasks such as reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence, surface warfare, asymmetric warfare, armed escort, force protection and strategic facility security.