Ulaq Armed with 12.7 mm Weapon Completed Firing Tests
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In the joint press release on January 24, 2022, Utku Alanç, General Manager of ARES Shipyard, and Selçuk Kerem Alparslan, President of Meteksan Defence, stated: We would like to express with great pride and happiness that we have completed all tests, including the firing tests with the 12.7mm weapon system of the armed unmanned surface vehicle, ULAQ-AUSV. We are aware of how important the ULAQ Unmanned Surface Vehicle is in the protection of sea borders, naval bases, ports, and critical facilities. In this context, we continue our intensive activities to integrate new systems to ULAQ within the scope of different requirements.”ULAQ has a cruising range of over 400 kilometres, and its top speed can exceed 70 km/h. The AUSV has day/night vision capability, autonomy, crypto and electronic warfare protected communication infrastructure. It is manufactured from advanced composite material. It is designed to execute Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Intelligence, Surface Warfare, Asymmetric Warfare, Armed Escort and Force Protection, and Strategic Facility Security missions. Unlike its previous prototype, which was completed in 2021, Turkey’s First Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle ULAQ is outfitted with a 12.7mm remote-controlled armament system for crucial base/facility and port defence as surveillance and patrol tasks.Following the new version, which is the first phase of the project initiated by ARES Shipyard and Meteksan Defence in the field of unmanned surface vessels and firing tests of which was completed, the production of ULAQ unmanned surface vehicles for surveillance and intelligence, mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, firefighting, search and rescue missions will also be carried on.Two companies unveiled their unmanned surface vessel concept in October 2019. Their initial project was to establish six different types of ULAQ for civilian and military missions. In 2021 summer, ULAQ attended a naval drill and fired two Cirit missiles to the target in salvo. The Presidency of Defence Industries demanded an unmanned system to protect ports and naval bases. The ULAQ, armed with the 12.7 weapon system, is expected to patrol at a selected naval base.Two companies continue on their journey with new prototypes. The Anti-Submarine Warfare configuration of AUSV is expected next.