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DIMDEX 2022: Turkey's Dearsan shipyard exhibits armed USV

Dearsan's USV 15 armed USV on display at DIMDEX 2022. (Prathamesh Karle/Janes)

Turkey's Dearsan shipyard publicly displayed a model of its armed unmanned surface vessel, named ‘USV 15', for the first time at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) 2022, which was held from 21–23 March in Qatar.

While there are no current orders, the vessel was launched in January 2022 at its shipyard, a company official told Janes . The vessel launched in January was seen fitted with Simrad navigation radar, but without any armament.

The 14.79 m long composite-hulled USV is the first of its class in a family of unmanned vessels that the company plans to unveil following successful trials of the lead vessel.

Two diesel engines and two waterjets propel the vessel to a maximum speed of 50 kt and a range of 300 n miles at an economic speed. The vessel has a beam of 3.83 m and a draught of 0.75 m.

The model on display was fitted with one 12.7 mm remote-controlled weapon station on its front deck and a four-barrelled stabilised turret system aft, which the company states is capable of firing Roketsan's Cirit and L-UMTAS missiles.

The vessel is equipped with an electro-optical surveillance system, navigation radar, an echo sounder, a SATCOM for beyond line-of-sight datalink, and a wide band transceiver for line-of-sight datalink. The company plans to offer three variants of the USV 15, including one 15 m intelligence and surveillance variant, and two different versions of an 11 m USV.

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