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Turkish unmanned vessel will ‘cross’ the seas in the next military conflicts

ANKARA, (BM) – Despite the economic and financial crisis in Turkey, as well as the not-so-high rating of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish military enjoys the comfort of the Ankara administration and has a number of opportunities to develop and manufacture next-generation weapons.

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Such a weapon will also be the latest development of Turkish military engineers, who have developed and will soon put into operation an unmanned ship of the Turkish navy. The news was announced by the American military publication Defense News, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

ULAQ is the name of the project developed by shipyards Ares and Meteksan Defense, which in a special press release on October 28 announced the news that the two companies have jointly decided to start the development and production of the surface unmanned drone of the future. According to the initial data provided, the idea is for this ship to have a range of about 400 km and to move at a maximum speed of 65 km / h. Turkish engineers say the ULAQ drone will be made of composite materials that will be refined in their structure and characteristics, whatever that means.

What else will be integrated and developed on the ship? According to the two Turkish companies, the drone will be equipped with day and night surveillance systems, a secure encrypted communication link with the Turkish Army General Staff, which experts say will have an autonomous regime, which will allow this drone to be operated by both naval land base and other Turkish military vessels within a radius of ULAQ. All this tells us that such a communication system provides for the ship to be intended primarily for reconnaissance and surveillance, as well as various escort missions and strategic missions.

Although at the end of last month the Turkish side announced the development of this new vessel for the Turkish fleet, it turns out that the project design was approved in August, in the middle of the year, and very recently the structural construction of the first prototype was finalized. , which is expected to be tested later this year.

ULAQ will, of course, also have weapons, which is quite normal, given that this ship will have to defend itself when conducting reconnaissance and strategic missions. In this case, we are talking about Cirit missile systems and two more L-UMTAS, which will be produced by the local manufacturer in this area Rocketsan. According to sources from the Turkish Ministry of Defense, tests of missile systems are also planned, but in the period January-March 2021, without specifying a specific date.

The Turkish military wants to specify that the drone will indeed be a fully autonomous machine that will be able to communicate with other drones during missions, in order to cover various operational needs, as well as the fact. This means that in the future this ship, in addition to being controlled by remote control, will also allow the ability to make autonomous decisions based on the specific situation, which indicates the presence of a developed [or purchased system – ed.] Artificial intelligence.

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“ULAQ is a messenger (original word is‘ ulak ’), an envoy from the ancient Turkish culture who represents the state with his extraordinary skills since Central Asia. Along with the intelligence and experience, ULAQ possesses extreme warriorship capabilities, ”Ares CEO Utku Alanc said.

Added Meteksan CEO Selcuk Alparslan: “While designing the critical electronic systems of the platform, we have sought maximum indigenousness and fully considered the operational needs of the Turkish Armed Forces.”

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