Commissioning of the Turkish Navy’s Indigenous Corvette

By Keith Henderson at September 27, 2011 06:14
Filed Under: Navy News

Turkey’s first major indigenous warship, the TCG Heybeliada (F-511), is scheduled to be commissioned by the Turkish Navy today. Part of the MILGEM program, it aims to reduce Turkey’s dependence on foreign suppliers while boosting domestic industry.

There is a total of twelve ships for the Turkish Navy in the MİLGEM program, comprising eight Ada class corvettes and four TF-100 class frigates. Both classes share a common hull and propulsion system, the weapon and sensor fit creates the difference between the classes. Interest from abroad has been expressed by several counties including, the navies of Canada, Indonesia, Pakistan, Ukraine and more than one South American country.


Caption: Turkey’s first major indigenous warship, the TCG Heybeliada (F-511),
is scheduled to be commissioned by the Turkish Navy today.
Image credit: Wikipaedia

The ships have a displacement of: 2,300 tonnes an LOA of 325 ft (99.00 m), beam of 47 ft (14.4 m) and draft
of 12 ft (3.6 m). A combined operation diesel and gas turbine (CODAG) propulsion system comprises a single GE LM 2500 gas turbine of 23,000 kW (31,280 hp) and two MTU 16V595TE90 diesels rated at 4,320 kW (5,875 hp) at 1,800 rpm each. A Renk gearbox distributes the power from the engines to two shafts driving CPPs. The CODAG propulsion system is controlled and monitored by a MTU Callosum MC automation system.

Cruising speed is 15 knots offering a range of 3,500 nautical miles (6,480 km) : the maximum speed is 29+ knots. Autonomous endurance is 10 days: with logistical support this increases to 21 days. There is accommodation for up to 106 persons on board: the ships complement is 93 including aviation personnel.

A second ship in the MILGEM program the TCG Büyükada (F-512) is a prototype of the TF-100 class frigate and is also due to be launched this week.

Comments (1) -

Isn't it interesting that this Navy can have designed and built small combat vessels of moderate capability and we try to build a combat ship smaller that a DDG51 and get the LCS. Yes, ours goes 45knots. So what - that is a lot slower than a helicopter or an Exocet. And the other advantages of the LCS are ....? I will bet the Turkish ship is not a half billion dollar bill either.

alex gafford |     9/28/2011 3:45:58 PM #

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