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The TF2000 project, as the name implies, was designed before 2000.

The TF2000 project, as the name implies, was designed before 2000.

Ümit Enginsoy Ümit Enginsoy uenginsoy@aol.com

Turkey has chosen an ambitious project to follow the building of eight corvettes: this time the production of four fair defense frigates worth around $4 billion dollars, the largest ships in the inventory of the country’s Navy.

A statement on the website of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) on Nov. 22 cited the need to procure air defense frigates for the Navy that would provide defense against the classical and modern munitions fired by aircraft and other platforms, command and control, early warning, reconnaissance, surface warfare, underwater warfare and electronic warfare and air defense warfare.
It said the feasibility studies of the frigates had been completed and a “project model” would now be devised for the frigates to be procured. The model is expected to be a manufacture model by a private naval shipyard, but the complexity of the frigate would probably need the contributions of a foreign company.

The TF2000 project, as the name implies, was designed before 2000, but was delayed due to financial limitations at the time. Procurement officials now say that especially after the completion of the Milgem project - the first naval project for the building of eight corvettes - the time is ripe for the design of the first Turkish frigate.

Corvettes are the smallest of warships, and Turkey, which does not have coasts on oceans, has plenty of corvettes and frigates, but no larger warships, like destroyers or cruisers.

When Turkey’s top decision-making body on arms procurement meets later this year it should select between the companies RMK and Dearsan to build the third through the eighth of the country’s multibillion dollar program to build eight new corvettes, believed to cost $1.5 billion.

“The Milgem has been very useful from the point of design, development and construction of a national ship, and we are going to build on this experience to obtain the capability to build bigger warships,” one procurement official said.

The first and the second ships under Turkey’s Milgem program have already been built by military shipyards and the rest of the ships will be constructed by a private shipyard. The TCG Heybeliada, the first of the Milgem ships, has entered service in the Navy and the TSC Buyukada, the second, has been put to sea.

“We can produce 70 or 80 percent of all the needs of the Navy. The sole exceptions are submarines and engines, and we are moving with concrete steps on that,” the procurement official said.
Turkey presently can also produce a New Type Patrol Boat, Coast Guard Research and Rescue Boat and Tank Landing Ships, the procurement official said.

Separately, a 2 billion-euro submarine deal between SSM and Germany’s HDW shipyards for joint manufacture of six modern U-214 diesel platforms for the Turkish Navy formally took effect in July 2010. “This will be the last submarine we will be building with someone else,” the procurement official said.
In a less orthodox project, Ankara has plans to a buy a landing platform dock, or LPD, a vessel that looks like a helicopter carrier and can transport up to a battalion-sized unit (more than 1,000 troops) long distances. Turkey plans to use this ship for NATO-related missions to carry troops or refugees.
According to its size and capabilities, the Turkish LPD will cost between $1 billion and $1.5 billion. Presently, the Turkish Navy has nearly 49,000 personnel and 75 aircraft, 17 frigates, seven corvettes, 14 submarines and 27 fast missile boats.


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Eric Martin

12/2/2012 3:05:22 AM

Excellent job by government and military. I wish one had been an aircraft carrier. I don't like we need to bring in foreign contractor for any help. I had hoped we had started on a domestic fighter jet. I love the laments and complaints by foreigners here!

Vangelis Denaxas

11/30/2012 3:34:28 PM

MAJORITY this is true it has all been a "divide and conquer" procedure by the great powers for many years now. It has to do mainly with economical interests of their weapon companies. At the same time organizations like the CIA had used extremists from both sides for their own geopolitical interests, creating mostly a Cold War condition between us. Personally I also believe that there won't be any war, apart from occasional incidents.


11/30/2012 2:01:35 PM

Dear @Vangelis the vitual rivalry between two nations doen't go back that far... it was like Cold War... Big Brothers watched and laughed at us when two nations fought over " who could pee to the fartest"... as a result we ordinary people had to suffer under the economic burden and corruption... I dont believe we will ever witness a war between this 2 nations hence Turkey might find himself in difficult position in coming future... we should be ready for everything....


11/30/2012 1:23:25 PM

@Majority: It is an assumption as you imply. Anyway I find it very immature and childish to talk about silly war scenarios and fight like dogs about who has better warplanes, tanks etc. It is not productive at all. I prefer to talk about the potential co-operation between our countries which would be a great opportunity for both sides. there will always be warmongers on both sides who would like to provoke the others, I hope the more wise will always prevail.

Vangelis Denaxas

11/30/2012 12:48:35 PM

Turkey surely is stronger than us military especially on terms of manpower, although we have an arsenal which is the two thirds of theirs and we keep on buying weapons no matter the crisis. If at the same time they would invade us, probably they would take some islands across the Aegean but afterwards they would get stuck if they tried to get in the mainland and the offensive would be at a stalemate.


11/30/2012 12:28:56 PM

Dear @Dorus arrogance dictionary meaning is "having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one's own importance, merit, ability, etc;" taking Greece in an hour is a fact, or an assumption not and exaggerated inspriration. hence the discussion started when some nationalist thought that we are investing in our navy because we have intentions in Greece, Greek Cypros, or Israel land.. Turkey has no intention in any other land in any part of the world.. we want to protect what is currently ours..


11/30/2012 8:59:27 AM

Nice illusion Turk Uzan, you produce and sell.. The same does everyone, the last project in Greece was 4 submarines, one made in Germany the other 3 made in Greece by method copy-paste. You do exactly the same and you will never become independent from American and European know how. I don't think by the way that you could take Greece in hours, you should first manage to have less than 4 enemies each time...It is this arrogance that makes it so easy to make enemies,bravo


11/30/2012 2:19:52 AM

@Jon please keep wondering in the dream land, I wonder about Afghanistan, Bosnia, Irak, Somalia and many examples more, and by the way these are not our first battle ships in our navy, we could have used them ( If we had any intention to do so ) before, and @Mike ??? What island, what aircraft carriers, what support are you talking about. don't be funny... you live in dreamland with Jon as well...


11/30/2012 12:02:10 AM

Why are these Greek neighbors so paranoid? Greece does not even register in the scale of military threats and worries. Can they just look at a map?

Jon Goodfellow

11/29/2012 8:13:24 PM

Hmmm.... Mavi Marmara, Gaza Blockadge, Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Just wondering....
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