Turkey’s President Erdogan states that Turkey’s first scout ship, the TCG Ufuk, was built with state engineering capabilities.
Turkey is one of the 10 countries in the world with the national ability to design, manufacture and maintain warships, the president of the country said.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the test run ceremony of the indigenous-built test training ship TCGUfuk at the Istanbul Maritime Shipyard on Friday.
“Our first scout ship, Ufuk, was built by the country’s technological capabilities,” Erdogan said, adding that Turkey got off to a good start this year with significant advances in important defense industry projects.
Built by the Turkish defense industry, TCGUfuk is a Corvette, a new addition to the national security forces.
Vessels can cruise non-stop for 45 days in harsh climates and sea conditions, including the high seas.
Defense exports exceed $ 4 billion
In his speech, Prime Minister Erdogan said Turkey has become “a playmaker that ruins the dirty games of the region and the country” of other actors, thanks to the acquisition and progress of the defense industry.
Prime Minister Erdogan emphasized that the number of countries using defense industry products manufactured in Turkey is increasing each year, “We expect defense and aviation exports to exceed $ 4 billion by the end of this year. “.
Until recently, the country had imported a vertical launch system, the main frigate weapons group, but Erdogan emphasized that it now has a homemade system.
So far, he added, the country has exported 180 naval platforms to 25 countries.
The Navy will be further strengthened
Prime Minister Erdogan said the four frigate ships built domestically under the national warship program MILGEM, including TCG Istanbul, which is currently under construction, will be equipped with a unique air defense missile vertical launch system.
He also emphasized that Turkey will further strengthen its navy over the next two years, adding that bidding on the TF-2000 destroyer will begin shortly.
“We are commissioning the amphibious Anador, which can carry out aerial operations using the helicopters and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) it deploys, and has a significant impact on the forces of the sea and air.”
“Our eyes are on space. We continue to develop both launch and satellite systems in space,” Erdogan said of the country’s space-related efforts. Said.
Source: TRT World and distributors
https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/erdogan-turkiye-among-ten-nations-able-to-locally-build-maintain-warships-53663?utm_source=other&utm_medium=rss Turkeyye from 10 countries where warships can be built and maintained locally