Turkish USV Marlin successfully deployed during NATO exercise in Portugal

According to information published by Anadolu Ajansi on September 28, 2022, the unmanned surface vehicle MARLIN, developed domestically and indigenously in cooperation with ASELSAN and Sefine Shipyard under the coordination of the Presidency of Defense Industries, stands out with its features in the NATO exercise held in Portugal.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Turkish Unmanned Surface Vehicle Marlin Sida (Picture source: SSB)

MARLIN SİDA, which is also the first unmanned surface vehicle with electronic warfare capability in the world. It is planned to be used in coastal or open sea naval warfare operations for defense and offensive purposes.

Thanks to its special hull design, MARLIN can fulfill its missions even in the harshest sea conditions and can carry different payloads such as guided missiles, light torpedoes, 12.7 mm cannons, sonobuoys that extend the sonar range, and towed array sonar systems in line with operational needs.

Designed to meet high speed, stability, and maneuverability requirements, MARLIN is equipped with ASELSAN's remote-controlled weapon, electro-optical reconnaissance surveillance, radar, and jamming-resistant GNSS.

MARLIN, which can operate autonomously or remotely, can perform surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare missions with guided missiles and light torpedoes.

With its satellite communication capability, MARLIN has a much wider operational range than its counterparts and can travel at a speed of approximately 36 Kts. MARLIN SİDA, which can start its mission from ports, amphibious, and logistics ships, can be made ready for operation in a short time.

The Unmanned Surface Vehicle is also a system capable of providing advanced autonomy using artificial intelligence. It has Swallow and Seagull electro-optical systems on it.