Turkey to build 8 frigates
Turkey is to build four frigates at a cost of 7 billion dollars, and will build an additional four with the aid of foreign shipyards. The programme, due to be completed in 2023, will see participation from BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Navantia. The Undersecretariat for Defence Industries said that the air defence frigates are necessary to defend against weapons fired by aircraft and other platforms, and to provide command and control, early warning systems, reconnaissance, surface warfare, underwater warfare, air defence warfare and electronic warfare.
The programme, known as the TF2000 project, was designed in the 1990s but has been delayed due to a series of financial crises. A multi-purpose radar to counter air threats will be developed by Turkish firm Aselsan for the programme, which is expected to be the last Turkish Navy programme to require foreign participation.
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