UFUK Built by STM-led Group Launched into the Blue Seas

25 Mart 2019
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UFUK (A-591), a test and training ship built at Istanbul Shipyard by a group of companies led by STM as the prime contractor, was launched at a ceremony held on February 9. The ceremony was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan; Hulusi Akar, Minister of National Defence; General Yaşar Güler, Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces; Admiral Adnan Özbal, Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces; General Musa Avsever, Commander of the 1st Army; and Vice Admiral Ercüment Tatlıoğlu, Fleet Commander, along with representatives of various companies.

Commenting on the physical properties and capabilities of the UFUK corvette, President Erdoğan said that it is likely to be one of the leaders in its field, being capable of sailing for 45 consecutive days in severe climatic and naval conditions, including international waters, and with the ability to detect immediately threats to Turkey’s national security. The President stated that the UFUK corvette was Turkey’s first intelligence collection ship to be manufactured using national resources and capabilities: “Turkey has acquired this technology that only a few countries in the world possess through the UFUK corvette. I believe that the UFUK corvette will fill a great gap in today’s world where intelligence on signals is of vital importance. The UFUK corvette will be Turkey’s eyes and ears in the seas.”

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The design of the ADA-class corvette, built as part of the MILGEM project and having proven itself in the field, was used for the construction of UFUK, whose first weld was made on May 2, 2017. ASELSAN will develop the mission systems for the ship, which is planned to be delivered in July 2020. HAVELSAN will integrate the ship with the ADVENT Command and Control System, as well as the Ship Information System and the Ship Information Dissemination System. Listed below are the general properties of UFUK, which also features a landing pad capable of accommodating a 10-ton helicopter:

  • Length overall: 99.5 metres
  • Maximum Beam: 14.4 metres
  • Displacement: 2,400 tons
  • Draft: 3.6 metres
  • Maximum Speed: Speed: more than 18 knots

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