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IDEF 2021: Indigenous Turkish Naval Programmes (Defence Insight analysis)

13th August 2021 - 11:00 GMT | by Harriet Haywood in London

Turkish surface vessel and submarine programmes are increasing in ambition, scope and cost.

Current and upcoming Turkish naval programmes are defined by one main theme: building the Turkish defence industry. The MILGEM project, which made a commitment to use local companies to develop an indigenous product, began with the development of the Ada-class corvettes in 2004. This kickstarted a complex naval shipbuilding capability in Turkey to build indigenous frontline surface warships.

Active programmes show that MILGEM is broadly achieving its ambitions. In terms of surface ships, the Turkish Naval Forces have Istef-class (TF-100) multi-role frigates and four TF-2000 Air Defence Warfare (ADW) destroyers.

Turkish ambitions are not restricted to surface warships, though. …

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