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Turkey Launches Last Locally Built MILGEM Combat Ship.


Fourth and last Ada-class MILGEM (MILli GEMi or National Ship in English) multi-mission corvette TCG Kınalıada (F514) was launched on 3 July. The event was initially planned to take place in December 2017.

The combat ship displacing 2400 t and measuring 99,5 m in length, of fourth purchased by Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı is being built by the state-owned shipyard İstanbul Tersanesi Komutanlığı (ITK) for the Turkish Naval Forces Command (TNFC).

The event that took place in Tuzla district of Istanbul, where the ship was built, was attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, National Defense Minister Fikri Işık, Chief of General Staff General Hulusi Akar and TNFC´s Chief of Staff Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu.

TCG Kınalıada will soon goes to further outfitting activity, followed by sea trials and accepting tests prior she is commissioned in 2020.

The first-two Ada-class corvettes TCG Heybeliada (F511) and TCG Büyükada (F512) entered into TNFC service in 2011 and 2013 respectively, with TCG Burgazada (F513) being built with delivery planned to take place in 2018.

Several local state-owned companies such as Aselsan and HAVELSAN played a major role in MILGEM project as suppliers of key systems, as well as a comprehensive number of Turkish privately-owned companies. Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM) provide design services, integration, acquisition of systems, materials and equipment, and integrated logistics services.

MILGEM feature a wide range of systems including Thales Nederland SMART-S Mk2 search radar; HAVELSAN G-MSYS combat management system; Leonardo Super Rapid 76 mm gun system; Boeing RGM-84L Harpoon Block II surface-to-surface anti-ship missiles; CODAD propulsion; Yaltes EPKIS integrated platform control system, X-band Aselsan Alper low probability of intercept radar; Aselsan AselFLIR-300D electro-optical payload; Thales Nederland STIR 1.2 EO Mk 2 fire control systems; Aselsan ARES-2N electronic warfare system; Yakamoz hull-mounted sonar by ARMERKOM; target designation sights; information system; laser warning systems; integrated communications suite; RAMSYS RAM surface-to-air missiles; Aselsan STAMP remote weapon stations armed with 12.7 mm machine gun; torpedo countermeasure systems; chaff and decoy launchers; and lightweight torpedo launchers. The ship’s hangar and landing pad can accommodate a single helicopter.

MILGEM was designed for search and rescue, counter-terrorism, joint operations, surveillance, command and control, patrol and anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface and anti-air warfare roles.

Victor Barreira

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