Antalya, Turkey – The prototype of Turkey’s first armed unmanned marine vehicle (SIDA), produced by Antalya-based ARES Shipyard and Ankara-based METEKSAN defense company, will be launched at the end of this month. 4 cirit and 2 l-UMTAS missile systems provided by national missile systems manufacturer Roketsan will be added SIDA’s sea tests will last two months.
As a result of several years of research and Development (R & D) activities of Ares Shipyard and Ankara-based Meteksan Defense operating in Antalya Free Zone, prototype production of Turkey’s first unmanned combat marine vehicle was completed in the field of unmanned marine vehicles (IDA). 4 cirit and 2 l-UMTAS missile systems provided by Roketsan will be added to SIDA, called ULAQ, and sea tests will begin towards the end of this month.
A cruising range of 400 miles per hour with 65 mph speed, day/night vision capability, an encrypted communications national infrastructure, and manufactured from advanced composite materials, SIDA, reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence above water warfare, asymmetric warfare, armed escorts and force protection, facility security, strategic mobile command center and headquarters in the execution of tasks such as land vehicles, or from aircraft carriers, frigates, such as from floating platforms can be used.
In addition to missile systems, SIDA can be equipped with different types of useful payloads such as electronic warfare, jamming (jamming), and different communication and intelligence systems to meet different operational operational needs. However, it will be able to operate with other SIDAs with a partner or different structure, and to have joint operations with UAVs, SIHA, TIHA and manned air vehicles. In addition to being a remote-controlled unmanned marine vehicle, the SIDA will be equipped with superior and Era-ahead capabilities with artificial intelligence and autonomous behavior.
Utku Alanc, General Manager of the ARES Shipyard, who stated that the first SIDA of Turkey was the result of a dream established three years ago, said: “Of course, it was not only with the gunman, we carried out very intensive preliminary design work on the dream we saw three years ago, it took about 2 years. We decided to go with a prototype, we developed a prototype armed unmanned naval vehicle equipped with missile systems. It was the first product of the ULAQ series. In our different unarmed designs, we have IDAs, as in existing UAVs. We also plan to launch them into the sea soon,” he said.
As an expert shipyard in export-oriented military ships and performance boats, they have progressed very quickly in hull form and boat design, Alanc said, “nationality and locality were our first priority. Especially in remote command systems, this system should be resistant to mixing in the combat system, it should not fall into the hands of enemy forces and should not return to you. That’s his biggest feature. We met METEKSAN defense company, another outstanding company of our defense industry. It turned into a very fruitful collaboration. Both companies put their hand under this stone with their own equity and this R & D project came to life,” he said.
11-meter SIDA ship frigates, aircraft carriers to be thrown into the sea and assigned to smaller sizes to be noted Alanc, “speed 65 km, this can be easily doubled. Its body can withstand speeds of 120-130 km per hour, it is very durable. The range is limited to 400 km of fuel and can easily double. Our priority is for this prototype to prove itself, to launch a successful missile and to successfully perform its missions at sea. The prototype has come to an end, and we will launch it at the end of this month. We will engage in intensive testing experience activity that lasts about two months. In particular, we will experiment with remote command and autonomous systems,” he said.
Deputy General Manager of METEKSAN, a partner company of the SIDA project, who stated that its main subsystems are used in many platforms, such as UAVs and missile ammunition systems, Dr. Erdal Torun, ” today we see them proudly on the field. We set out with ARES Shipyard to apply these capabilities in unmanned marine vehicles and to put products in the defense of the Blue Homeland. In fact, we equip many applications such as communication serial expedition systems, mission computers, command and control software and autonomous algorithms on this marine vehicle,” he said.
Dr. Erdal Torun who explained that they have created similar equipment at the Coastal Command and control station, which sends and manages this marine vehicle from the coast, ” captain and marksman consoles, mission computers, ship and control station communication between the uninterrupted and durable to make our own product data links are taking part in this study. Autonomous systems are not just remotely controlled systems. It will add strength to our ability to perform a task, especially in difficult conditions, difficult geography and the islands region, which itself has many algorithms on it. Being able to send and manage more than one SIDA in the form of a herd at the same time will give us great superiority in the Blue homeland and Islands region,” he said.