ANTALYA from Turkey

Turkey presented the prototype of its first unmanned armed surface ship on Tuesday.

Utku Alanc, CEO of the Ares shipyard, which developed the ship, dubbed AIDS, with Ankara-based Meteksan Defense, said the watercraft is expected to set sail later this month.

ANTALYA, TURKEY – DECEMBER 14: Turkey’s First Unmanned Armed Surface Vessel (SIDA), which is the first ULAQ series product developed by Ares Shipyard and Meteksan Defense System, is seen after prototype completion in Antalya, Turkey December 14, 2020 (Mustafa Çiftçi – Anadolu Agency)

Later in March, firing tests will be carried out with guided missiles made by Turkish rocket maker Roketsan, Alanc told Anadolu Agency.

AIDS, the first in the ULAQ series of unmanned ships from Ares and Meteksan, offers a cruising range of 400 kilometers (249 miles) and a top speed of 65 km (40 mi) per hour, as well as native encrypted communications and day and night vision capabilities.

It was designed primarily for deployment in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, Alanc said, adding that the ship could also be used in intelligence gathering missions.

On the other hand, Erdal Torun, vice president of Meteksan Defense, said that it also features a command and control system that allows all of its movements to be remotely controlled and managed.

“AIDS was designed to withstand electronic warfare. This platform will also be equipped with anti-GPS jamming systems, ”he added.

Roketsan was founded in 1988 to design, develop and manufacture rockets and missiles.

* Writing by Yunus Girgin in Ankara

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