First AUSV to guard Blue Homeland
Turkey’s first Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle (AUSV) program has been launched by Antalya-based ARES Shipyard working together with Ankara-based METEKSAN Defence on the first platform of the ‘ULAQ’ line.
Intensive R&D activity saw the design finalised in August and the structural build has just been completed. The prototype vessel is due to hit the water in December of this year.
ULAQ has been constructed in advanced composites, has a 400 km range, 65 km/h speed and can be operated from land-based locations and mobile vehicles or from sea platforms such as aircraft carriers or frigates. Capabilities include day/night vision and encrypted communication infrastructure employed for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and escort missions along with strategic infrastructure protection.
In a joint press conference, ARES Shipyard CEO Utku ALANC said; “We are indescribably happy and proud to announce the launch of the first Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle program after years of intensive engineering works and investments following our dream. We have achieved this success and pride with our owner’s equity investments by prioritizing our national interests as it always has been. We hereby present the Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle (AUSV) as the first platform of the ‘ULAQ line to be launched in December. ULAQ is a messenger, an envoy from the Ancient Turkish Culture who represents the state with his extraordinary skills since Central Asia. Along with the intelligence and experience, ULAQ possesses extreme warriorship capabilities. Thereupon, the AUSV we have developed, have been named after ‘ULAQ’.”
METEKSAN Defence CEO Selçuk Alparslan stated; “We have once again understood the importance of the ”Blue Homeland” defense, economic exclusive zone protection, protection of maritime borders of the Turkish Peninsula especially with recently emerging disputes. As METEKSAN Defence, we are very proud to utilize our technologic assets of know-how in communication and sensor systems for development of Unmanned Surface Vehicles and present you the very first Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle of Turkey with ARES Shipyard today. While designing the critical electronic systems of the platform, we have sought the maximum indigenousness and fully considered the operational needs of Turkish Armed Forces. May ULAQ bring the best of luck and success to Turkish Armed Forces and to Blue Homeland.”
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