First Turkish AUSV armored unmanned surface vessel Ulaq to have Tumosan engine

According to Daily Sabah, Türkiye’s first armored unmanned surface vessel (AUSV), the first marine craft of the ULAQ project, will be powered by a domestically developed marine diesel engine, the head of the company making the engine said on September 5.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Türkiye’s first armored unmanned surface vessel (AUSV), the first marine craft of the ULAQ project (Picture source: SSB)

Halim Tosun, general manager of Tümosan Engine and Tractor Industry Inc. told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they manufacture engines for the defense industry and his company is part of many projects kicked off under the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), Daily Sabah reports. “For example, he said, we continue to work on the production and integration of domestic engines in tactical wheeled armored vehicles,” as well as producing for the Turkish Air Forces Command.

Torun said that they have gained important ground in the ULAQ project, which was developed by Ares Shipyard in cooperation with Ankara-based Meteksan Defense Industry Inc. “We will carry out prototype deliveries of the engines this year”, noting that have taken important steps toward becoming a marine engine supplier in line with the Turkish defense industry’s recent push for local production and nationalization of systems. “There are special needs in all elements of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), from 50 horsepower to 4,000 horsepower engines. Tümosan takes an active role in meeting these needs with domestic and national subsystems, especially in engine powers of 550 horsepower and below,” the company head said.

The unmanned platform, ULAQ, was initially launched at sea in January 2022 and began trial trips. Then in May, it was announced that the AUSV was ready to launch missiles. The AUSV came as a result of three years of research and development (R&D) activities by Turkish defense industry companies. It has a cruising range of 400 kilometers (249 miles), a speed of 65 kph (40.3 mph), day and night vision capabilities and a national encrypted communications infrastructure. It bears a pod with four laser-guided Cirit missiles, and two laser-guided long-range anti-tank missiles (L-UMTAS) launchers, both developed by another leading Turkish defense company, Roketsan.

The AUSV can be operated from inside land vehicles, headquarters centers,s or from another floating platform.