The Istanbul Frigate (F-515) was developed within the scope of the country’s National Ship Project (MILGEM) as the fifth vessel manufactured under the project, while the sixth and seventh vessels are on the way, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Saturday during the launching ceremony. The TCG Istanbul, which includes different features than the previous four corvettes, is a product of 70% local production.
Erdoğan said that Turkey is among the 10 countries that can design, build and maintain their own warships.
Along with Aselsan, Turkey’s leading defense company Havelsan is a main business partner in the frigate project. The project also has around 80 subcontractors producing more than 150 systems. Around two-thirds of those subcontractors are domestic. The majority of domestic suppliers working on the projects, other than the manufacturing company STM Defense Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. and its main business partners, are SMEs. Two-thirds of these are industrial producers and the rest are technology-oriented suppliers.
Ismail Demir, head of the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), said during the ceremony that they “maintain the works to ensure 100% local and national production, especially in critical technologies and strategic areas.”
Demir also said during the ceremony that those projects, including the frigate project, “are implemented through a wide network of cooperation with main and subcontractor companies, SMEs, universities and research centers under the coordination of our presidency, with the support of our Naval Forces Command and relevant public institutions.”