ANTALYA from Turkey

The Unmanned Armed Ship (SIDA), the first platform in the ULAQ series developed in cooperation with Turkish defense industry companies, is ready to launch missiles.

ANTALYA, TURKEY – MAY 07: Turkey’s first Unmanned Armed Surface Ship (SIDA) prototype is considered ready for missile launch in Antalya, Turkey on May 07, 2021. SIDA, the first in the series ULAQ unmanned vessel from Ares and Meteksan, has 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 capabilities day and night vision. (Mustafa Çiftçi – Anadolu Agency)

Production of the prototype of Turkey’s first unmanned armed ship, which began manufacturing in Antalya by Ares Shipyard and Meteksan Defense three years ago, has been completed.

AIDS has a cruising range of 400 kilometers (249 miles) and a top speed of 65 km (40 miles) per hour, as well as native encrypted communications and day and night vision capabilities.

Although AIDS can be used in intelligence gathering missions, it also has a command and control system that allows all of its movements to be controlled and managed remotely.

The ship is equipped with the long-range anti-tank missile made by Turkish rocket maker Roketsan.

Utku Alanc, CEO of the Ares shipyard, told Anadolu agency that SIDA was fully ready to operate with its prototype boat.

The simulation fires were also carried out successfully, Alanc said, adding that this project will be complemented by real warhead missile fire in the coming days.

Stating that the priority was the Turkish security forces, Alanc stressed that exports to friendly and allied countries would be launched in accordance with the authorizations granted by the Ministry of National Defense.

We have the capacity to produce more than 50 boats per year and prepare them for operation, he added.

Erdal Torun, vice president of Meteksan Defense, also said the ship was produced for Turkey’s blue homeland by combining the experience of two companies.

The Blue Homeland refers to Turkey’s maritime sovereignty rights in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Aegean Sea on the basis of international treaties.

Aiming to be a pioneer in the defense industry, Roketsan was founded in 1988 to design, develop and manufacture rockets and missiles.

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