The development phase of the Istanbul class frigate, the 5th ship of the MİLGEM project, continues. The ship will be delivered in September 2023 by STM to Turkish Navy.
As the ship’s construction continues, the milestone dates began to become clear. According to the video prepared by the Shipbuilders’ Association (GİSBİR), STM will launch TCG İSTANBUL in January 2021. The ship’s port acceptance tests will take place in May 2022.
Following the cruise acceptance tests in January of 2023, TCG İSTANBUL will be at the service of the Turkish Navy in September 2023.
Structural developments and new capabilities
STM Defense Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. is the main contractor of Class I frigates. A total of 220 companies, including 80 subcontractors, work in the project. The ship, which has more than 150 systems, is aimed at at least 75 percent locality. Weapon electronic systems, electronic systems, auxiliary machinery systems, equipment necessary for life on board and shipping equipment are provided by domestic suppliers.