The class I frigate Istanbul was the fifth military vessel to be launched under the national military shipbuilding program, MILGEM.
The first frigate of Turkey’s own production, named “Istanbul” (F-515), was launched at one of the defense shipyards in Istanbul. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the ceremony, Anadolu reported Saturday, Jan. 23.
“Being strong militarily, economically, and diplomatically is not so much a choice for us as a necessity,” Erdogan said.
In 2002, he said, the country was implementing 62 projects in the defense industry, and today that number has grown to 700.
“We have become a country that meets the needs of friendly and allied countries in addition to our own needs for land and maritime equipment. We are among the 10 countries that can design, build and maintain their own warships. We are among the top three or four countries in the production of drones, including strike drones, and our drones are watched with envy around the world,” the Turkish president said.
The class I frigate Istanbul was the fifth warship launched under the national military shipbuilding program – MILGEM. A total of four frigates are planned for construction. Turkey has previously launched four Ada-class small warships (corvettes), but the frigate Istanbul is the first warship in its class. The frigate is 113 meters long, 14.4 meters wide, and has a displacement of about three thousand tons. Unlike the corvette Ada, the frigate Istanbul is equipped with a surface-to-air missile launch system. The frigate will be handed over to the Turkish Navy command in 2023. Earlier it was reported that Turkey developed an unmanned helicopter in cooperation with a Belarusian engineering firm. The device is capable of carrying up to 160 kilograms at a distance of 800-850 kilometers at an altitude of over 4500 meters.
It also became known that Turkey has successfully tested a new cruise missile Atmaca. It successfully hit a surface target at a distance of over 200 kilometers.