Turkey recently conducted a successful test of its domestically produced kamikaze unmanned surface vehicle (USV) known as the “Albatros” in the southern province of Mersin, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.
The Turkish defense ministry revealed that the test involved a swarm attack using the Albatros USV in conjunction with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The ministry reported that for the first time in the world, a coordinated swarm attack was carried out with these unmanned systems.
Mavi Vatan’daki yeni gücümüz: Albatros Kamikaze İDA! 🇹🇷
Dünyada ilk defa İDA-İHA müşterek operasyonu ile sürü konseptinde saldırı yapıldı!
ASELSAN tarafından yerli ve millî imkânlarla geliştirilen ve su üzerinde yüksek hızla ilerleyerek içerdiği patlayıcının düşman… pic.twitter.com/ete9Rb6wwI
— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) October 9, 2023
Equipped with a warhead produced by Roketsan, the Albatros USV effectively targeted and engaged a test ship, ultimately resulting in the ship’s swift sinking.
Turkey’s domestically produced Bayraktar TB2 UAV also played a role in this test, directing the Albatros USV towards its target.