Ankara [Turkey], January 23 (ANI / Sputnik): Turkey launched its first in-house Istanbul frigate (F-515) on Saturday and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took part in the launch ceremony. “We have become a country that meets the needs of friendly and allied countries as well as itself in terms of land and sea vehicles. We are among the 10 countries that can design, build and maintain their own warships. We are in the top three or four countries in the production of drones, including combat ones. The whole world is looking at our drones with envy, “Erdogan said at the ceremony.
According to the president, in 2002 the country carried out 20 defense projects, while today this number has risen to 700. The first class I frigate has become the fifth ship produced under Turkey’s MILGEM project for the construction of indigenous warships. A total of four frigates are expected to be built under this program. Turkey had already launched four Ada-class corvettes.
The 113-meter (43-foot) long frigate is expected to be delivered to the Naval Forces Command of Turkey in 2023 and will carry out advanced air defense, surface warfare, submarine defense warfare and patrol activities. (ANI / Sputnik)
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- Turkey launched its first nationally built frigate Istanbul (F-515) on Saturday, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took part in the launch ceremony.
- Turkish Erdogan witnesses the launch of the first in-house built frigate