IDEF 2023: Meteksan & Ares Shipyard reveal ULAQ Kama XUSV

The ULAQ Kama, a joint venture between Meteksan and Ares Shipyard, was introduced to the public at the International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) 2023.

Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Model of the ULAQ Kama Expendable Unmanned Surface Vessel in Türkiye. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

This event marked the first time the Expendable Unmanned Surface Vessel (XUSV) was showcased, drawing considerable attention for its innovative design and capabilities.

Developed with specific design features and advanced technologies, the ULAQ Kama is engineered to perform crucial operations such as infiltrating enemy territory, differentiation, and neutralizing threats. With high speed, a long cruising range, high seakeeping abilities, and a low radar signature, the vessel demonstrates impressive operational features.

Furthermore, the ULAQ Kama incorporates advanced algorithms, image processing, and artificial intelligence technology, offering a range of operation options from remote control to fully autonomous functionality.

Despite the potential lack of GPS/GNSS access or signal disruptions, it can navigate seamlessly and conduct single or swarm missions for target detection, diagnosis, and destruction.

The vessel's design also considers the end user's specific needs, particularly in terms of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). With upgradeable autonomy algorithms and various payload integration options, ULAQ Kama offers customizable solutions to suit specific operational requirements.

Specifications for the ULAQ Kama include a length of 6.37 meters, a beam of 1.20 meters, and a draft of 0.30 meters. Capable of reaching speeds of over 50 knots, it also boasts a payload capacity of 200 kg.