Turkey’s Ares Shipyard has unveiled a new addition to its family of fast interception craft (FIC).
Based around a 32 m advanced composite hull, the new FIC comes in two variants, known as ARES 32 Predator and ARES 32 Dagger .
Both vessels are built to the same specifications, with a maximum speed of more than 45 kt, a range of 2,000 n miles, and the ability to operate in conditions up to Sea State 6.
Armament includes a 25 mm or 30 mm remote-controlled auto-stabilised naval weapon on the foredeck for closer-range sea or land targets, and two 12.7 mm machine guns on the upper deck for asymmetric threats, including pirates, smugglers, or illegal human traffickers.
For longer-range targets, ARES 32 Predator will be equipped to fire Roketsan’s new-generation Cakir cruise missile, which has a range of more than 150 km, from two single canisters, in addition to four Roketsan L-UMTAS shorter-range laser-guided missiles.
Configured for shorter-range threats, ARES 32 Dagger