The ULAQ Armed Unmanned Naval Vehicle, developed with its own funds by Antalya-based ARES Shipyard and Ankara-based Meteksan Defense operating with national capital in the defense industry, fired missiles within the scope of the Sea Wolf Exercise. The target and magic were successfully hit with the warhead CİRİT Laser Guided Missile System fired in the Antalya region and developed by Roketsan.
The ULAQ SİDA shooting ceremony attended by the President of Defense Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, and senior officials of the Presidency of Defense Industry, Ministry of National Defense, Naval Forces Command and Coast Guard Command, ARES Shipyard General Manager Utku Alanç and Meteksan Defense General Manager Selçuk Alparslan It started with the speeches of
ARES Shipyard General Manager Utku Alanç emphasized that with the completion of the firing tests, they now aim to develop the World's Best Unmanned Marine Vehicles and lead the world as Turkish Engineers in this field. He said that they aim to become a pioneer and an ally country.
Meteksan Defense General Manager Selçuk Alparslan stated that we, as Turkey, pioneered the rewritten doctrines in the world military conjuncture, and said that they are very proud of the fact that the firing tests were carried out in the Sea Wolf 1, the most comprehensive naval exercise in the history of the Republic of Turkey, of ULAQ SİDA, which they started 2021 year ago. .
After the opening speeches, ULAQ SİDA, which was at sea, took action to perform the guided projectile firing and was transferred to the firing area by being managed from the Coast Control Station (SAKİ). The platforms of the Naval Forces Command and the Coast Guard Command accompanied the shooting. After the target was detected by the cameras on the ULAQ, the firing of the CİRİT Laser Guided Missile System was carried out.
The fact that the first warhead missile launch of Turkey's First Armed Unmanned Sea Vehicle, ULAQ SİDA, was included in the most comprehensive Sea Wolf Exercise ever held in the history of the Republic of Turkey was another source of pride.
After the shot, which all the audience was waiting for with great excitement, hit the target with a full hit, the President of Defense Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir gave a speech to express his feelings. In the statement made by Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, “Today, it is obvious that we have a strong naval force for the protection of the Blue Homeland and the protection of our rights in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean. As the Defense Industry Presidency, we will continue to work in close cooperation with our Ministry of National Defense, the General Staff, the Naval Forces Command, our industry and other relevant institutions, in order to provide the platforms needed by our Naval Forces Command, which is the indomitable guard of the Blue Homeland, equipped with the latest technologies. We have reached 70% locality rates in our projects, and we will increase this even more.
The days when we start to see the similar products of our products, which are now in the field as game changers in unmanned aerial vehicles, also in land, sea and submarine vehicles are very close. We know that the combat environment in which these systems are integrated is waiting for us, and we continue our work accordingly. We support the studies that will be put forward in this direction, and we will continue to support them.” statements were included.
ULAQ SİDA, Turkey's first unmanned combatant sea vehicle; It can be used by land mobile vehicles and from the headquarters command center or floating platforms such as aircraft carriers and frigates in the execution of tasks such as Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Intelligence, Surface Warfare (SUH), Asymmetric Warfare, Armed Escort and Force Protection, Strategic Facility Security.
Equipped with 4 CİRİT and 2 L-UMTAS Missile Systems supplied by the national missile systems manufacturer ROKETSAN, ULAQ SİDA is able to respond to different operational operational needs as well as missile systems; Equipped with different types of payloads such as electronic warfare, jamming, and different communication and intelligence systems. In addition, ULAQ, which has the ability to operate with other SİDAs of the same or different structure, and joint operations with UAVs, SİHAs, TİHAs and manned aircraft; Apart from being just a remotely controlled unmanned naval vehicle, it includes superior and advanced capabilities with artificial intelligence and autonomous behavior features.
Following the SİDA version of the ULAQ Family, which is the first phase of the project initiated by ARES Shipyard and Meteksan Defense in the field of unmanned sea vehicles, and whose firing tests were completed successfully, unmanned sea vehicles for intelligence gathering, mine hunting, anti-submarine warfare, fire extinguishing and humanitarian aid/evacuation are also available production will begin.