Ares Shipyard to produce first unmanned anti-submarine warfare vehicle

According to information published by Daily Sabbah on August 20, 2021, the Turkish Ares Shipyard, which has developed the country’s first armored unmanned surface vessel (AUSV), in cooperation with Ankara-based Meteksan Defense Industry Inc., will produce unmanned anti-submarine warfare (ASW) vehicle.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 A model of the ULAQ Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

The ULAQ (AUSV) can be deployed from combat ships. She can be controlled remotely from mobile vehicles, headquarters, command centers and floating platforms.

She serves in missions such as reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence, surface warfare, asymmetric warfare, armed escort and force protection, and strategic facility security.

It is planned that the vessel will operate jointly with other AUSVs, armed UAVs and aircraft, and instantly transmit images and other data she obtains to provide serious benefits to the operational capability of the Turkish Armed Forces.

Made of advanced composite material, the boat is 11 m (36 ft) long and has a payload capacity of 2,000 kg (4,400 lb).

She has a range of 216 nmi (400 km; 249 mi) and a cruise speed of 35 kn (65 km/h; 40 mph). She is operable at rough sea (sea state 5: 2.5–4 m (8.2–13.1 ft) wave height).

She has indigenous encrypted communications and day/night vision capabilities. She is resistant to electronic warfare and is equipped with an Anti GPS jammer device.

She is armed with four Roketsan Cirit laser-guided missiles having a range of 4.3 nmi (8.0 km; 4.9 mi) and two L-UMTAS long range anti-tank guided missiles.