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Turkey develops sanction-busting system to secure naval helicopters

6th February 2023 - 12:00 GMT | by Tayfun Özberk in Istanbul


The HYTS will replace the Canadian ASIST system aboard Turkish naval vessels and will undergo sea trials this year. (Photo: SSB)

A newly developed system for securing and transferring helicopters on the flight decks of Turkish I-class frigates is being rolled out to replace the Canadian-supplied ASIST equipment.

Ismail Demir, head of the Turkish Defence Agency (SSB), announced the indigenous development of a Helicopter Securing and Transferring System (HYTS/Helikopter Yakalama ve Transfer Sistemi) on 30 January.

The Turkish Navy's OHP frigates, Barbaros-class frigates and MILGEM corvettes use the Canadian-made ASIST (Aircraft Ship Integrated Secure and Traverse) system, but due to sanctions, the service has had difficulty obtaining spare parts. 

HYTS is intended to be installed on new Turkish naval vessels, such as I-class frigates and Hisar-class OPVs, and will eventually replace ASIST, which is used to secure and transfer S-70B naval helicopters.

'The [HYTS], which

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Tayfun Özberk


Tayfun Özberk

Tayfun Ozberk is a former naval officer who is an expert in surface warfare, particularly …

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