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IDEF2017: STM offers new frigate

11th May 2017 - 17:12 GMT | by Tim Fish in Istanbul

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Turkish shipbuilder STM has unveiled its TF4500 design for the first time at IDEF 2017.

A model on the company stand shows a 4,500t air defence frigate that is streamlined for speed and is being plugged as an alternative choice to a 6,000t frigate planned under the Turkish Navy's future TF-2000 programme.

An STM spokesperson that has worked on the project said that the displacement of the frigate means that it is mid-range between the lighter MiLGEM National Ship corvette programme that is underway for the Turkish Navy and the TF-2000 making it open for the export market too.

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