Turkey’s first armed unmanned surface vehicle family, ULAQ, developed by ARES Shipyard and Meteksan Defence, has passed an important milestone. The production of the prototype of Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle (AUSV) – the first member of the ULAQ family – has been completed and the vehicle has been launched. The development was shared with the public on 12 February.
The AUSV equipped with CİRİT and L-UMTAS missiles, is scheduled to start firing tests at the end of the first quarter of this year, after completing the ongoing sea trials.
The AUSV will be operated from land-based mobile vehicles, central command centres or sea platforms, and will be deployed for such missions as reconnaissance, intelligence and surveillance, surface warfare, asymmetric warfare, escort missions, force protection and strategic infrastructure protection. AUSV is built from composite materials, and has a 400 km range, a maximum speed of 65 km/h, a day/night vision capability and national encrypted communication infrastructure. AUSV’s missile systems include four CİRİT and two L-UMTAS missiles.
Following on from AUSV, other platforms will join the ULAQ family, integrated with different payloads to serve in intelligence collection, mine counter measure, anti-submarine warfare, fire-fighting and humanitarian assistance & evacuation missions.