The main purpose of developing defense capabilities is to establish peace and stability, providing deterrence against potential actions that may threaten the rights and interests of the country.
In cases where deterrence is not enough, with the effect of these capabilities, it is intended to protect the country by warning hostiles and, if necessary, punishing them for their actions. The unstable geopolitical situation, especially considering the events of the last 10 years, has once again highlighted the importance of developing deterrence potential and the ability to convert it into kinetic form when deemed necessary.
In a joint press release, Utku Alanç, CEO of ARES Shipyard, and Selçuk Kerem Alparslan, President of Meteksan Defence, said: “We would like to express that the ULAQ Family, Turkey’s first unmanned armed surface ship, continues to expand. We are aware of the importance of the ULAQ Unmanned Surface Ship for the defense and protection of our maritime interests.
Today, we are witnessing together that asymmetrical practices, as in the past, continue to have the potential to alter the course of operations, even wars. Combining the most advanced work done in this context with the experience we have gained from the ULAQ Family, we are offering the ULAQ KAMA Expendable Unmanned Surface Ship to the service of Turkey and its allies.
The ULAQ KAMA is not only a deterrent weapon with its explosive charge but also serves as an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform thanks to its seamless communication network, long-range, very low silhouette and unique maritime capability beyond its dimensions. The ULAQ KAMA, with its distinctive features, will present new and asymmetric options to operational decision-makers.
Considering that one of the most important elements of Asymmetric Warfare is directly proportional to the number of platforms, we would like to state that we have built our production infrastructure to produce the ULAQ KAMA as soon as possible so much so that we will be able to deliver more than 100 ULAQ KAMA to end users in less than a year after signing the contract.
ULAQ KAMA Main Specifications:
- Length (length): 6.37 meters
- Beam: 1.20 meters
- Draft: 0.30 meters
- Operational speed: more than 20 knots
- Range: more than 200 nautical miles
- Maximum weight: 1.3 tons
- Payload capacity: 200 Kg
- Navigability: Up to sea state 4
Navigation systems: AJ-GNSS system, differential GNSS receiver, day navigation camera, thermal navigation camera, pan and tilt stabilized day camera, thermal camera, satellite communication.
Navigation modes: remote driving, semi-autonomous, fully autonomous.
Payload activation mechanism: remote control, visual coincidence of predefined targets, contact with targets.
Remote control/monitor: GUI on a standard laptop, ECDIS (optional).