A New Missile For Turkish Naval Helicopters (Part 2)

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Above: TCG Ödev tows the target. Below: the point of impact and the damage to the target.

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The firing of the missile.

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The test bed: Turkish S-70 B2 helicopter with the tail number TCB-66.

 

Last week I had reported about the this photo of a Turkish S-70 B2 Sea Hawk helicopter firing a missile.

Thanks to the comment of my reader Frankie I have now more information strait from the in house magazine of Roketsan.

According to the magazine the test was conducted on 16 September 2014, from the helicopter TCB-66 which was modified for this test. The modifications included a firing control panel inside the cockpit, the special designed power and data cabling for the communication between the missile and the helicopter and finally a missile launcher that fits to the helicopter.

The missile it self is a laser guided UMTAS. It is a beam rider that means the missile follows a the reflection of a laser beam pointed to the target. The source of this beam can the the launching aircraft, a ground based forward observer or another aircraft. The missile has be locked-on before the launch or lock-on after the launch modes.

During the test the launching platform (TCB-66) was the laser designator. The height of the helicopter was 200 meters over the sea level and the target was 4000 meters away, towed the Turkish Navy tug TCG Ödev.

Roketsan states the maximum range of the L-UMTAS as 8000 meters. Turkish Navy is the only operator of the Hellfire missile family in Turkey. As is the missile is very similar in performance to the Hellfire missiles used by Turkish Navy thus L-UMTAS offers a local replacement for the Hellfire missiles.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus 2015 (Part 5)

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Russian Amur class repair ship PM-56 returns from her deployment in Tartus, Syria. Photo: Alper Böler. Used with permission.

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Alexander Shabalin returns from her deployment in Syria. Photo: Alper Böler. Used with permission.

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Yamal returns from her deployment in Syria. Photo: Alper Böler. Used with permission.

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Russian Amur class repair ship PM-56 returns from her deployment in Tartus, Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Alexander Shabalin returns from her deployment in Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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Russian Ropucha class landing ship Yamal returns from her deployment in Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

 

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
21.1.2015  156 Yamal Northbound Russia
21.1.2015 110 Alexander Shabalin Northbound Russia
21.1.2015 PM-56 PM-56 Northbound Russia
19.1.2015 Shaktar Northbound Russia
19.1.2015 KIL-158 Northbound Russia
19.1.2015 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
17.1.2015 131 Moskva Northbound Russia
14.1.2015 75 USS Donald Cook Southbound USA
13.1.2015 031 Aleksandr Otrakovski Northbound Russia
11.1.2015 PM-138 PM-138 Southbound Russia
10.1.2015 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
10.1.2015 110 Alexander Shabalin Southbound Russia
5.1.2015 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
5.1.2015 KIL-158 Southbound Russia

I have archived the list of the Russian warship movements in 2013 and the list of foreign warship movements in 2014.

A New Missile For Turkish Naval Helicopters

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This is a photo of a Turkish S-72B Sea Hawk helicopter firing a missile. There are many things, one can say about this photo.

The special 100th Anniversary Logo of the Turkish Naval Aviation is painted on the side of the fuselage dates the photo to 2014.

The usual missile armament of Turkish Navy helicopter are Penguin Mk2 and AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles. The bright red color of the missile indicates that it is not a serial production unit. Thus this must be a photo of a test firing of a missile in development for Turkish Navy helicopters.

There are some speculative information on Turkish websites that this missile might the a naval version of the Mızrak long-range anti tank missile developed by Roketsan.

If this photo turns out indeed to be a test firing of a navalized version of Mızrak, then the missile may have an Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) seeker  and a range longer than 15 km. These features will enable to helicopter to stay out of the range of SAM missiles her target may be carrying.

 

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus 2015 (Part 4)

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Russian Slava class cruiser Mosvka returning to the Black Sea after a 136 day deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

 

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Russian Alligator class cruiser landing ship Saratov making her northbound passage through the Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

 

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Russian Kashtan class buoy tender KIL-158 passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

 

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Russian Kashtan class buoy tender KIL-158 passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

 

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Salvage tug Shakter passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

 

 

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
19.1.2015 Shaktar Northbound Russia
19.1.2015 KIL-158 Northbound Russia
19.1.2015 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
17.1.2015 131 Moskva Northbound Russia
14.1.2015 75 USS Donald Cook Southbound USA
13.1.2015 031 Aleksandr Otrakovski Northbound Russia
11.1.2015 PM-138 PM-138 Southbound Russia
10.1.2015 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
10.1.2015 110 Alexander Shabalin Southbound Russia
5.1.2015 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
5.1.2015 KIL-158 Southbound Russia

I have archived the list of the Russian warship movements in 2013 and the list of foreign warship movements in 2014.

TCG Büyükada Sets Sail For Indian Ocean

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It will be spring when they return.

 

Today, on a sunny winter day, with a solemn ceremony the Ada class corvette F-512 TCG Büyükada set sail to the Indian Ocean.

On board are one S-72B Seahawk helicopter, tail number TCB-69, one naval special forces team and 124 sailors.

During this 87 day deployment, TCG Büyükada will join the task force CTF-151 and conduct anti-piracy patrols in Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia.

The warship will participate Pakistani led naval exercise AMAN 2015 and Kuwaiti exercise Eagles 2015.

With this deployment of TCG Büyükada, Turkey wants to increase its presence in the region and develop good working relationship with local navies. Another obvious aim of the deployment is to present and show the Ada class corvette to other navies planning of purchasing similar warships. Showing the flag, increasing the presence and bolstering defence export opportunities are classic usage of naval forces.

The corvette is expected to arrive back in Turkey on 15 April 2015.
More photos from the farewell ceremony:

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The executive officer of TCG Büyükada, Lieutenant Commander Toker, with his family.

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TCG Büyükada ready for the deployment.

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The crew of TCG Büyükada waiting for the order to man the ship.

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The commanding officer of TCG Büyükada, Lieutenant Commander Baysal delivering his speech.

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The commanding officer of TCG Büyükada, Lieutenant Commander Baysal

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Foreign Warship On Bosphorus 2015 (Part 3)

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USS Donald Cook passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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USS Donald Cook passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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USS Donald Cook passing through the Bosphorus.

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USS Donald Cook passing through the Bosphorus. She was escorted by Turkish Coast Guard vessel SG-312.

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Turkish Coat Guard vessel SG-312 escorting USS Donald Cook.

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USS Donald Cook passing through the Bosphorus. Photo: Alper Böler. Used with permission.

 

Today US Navy destroyer USS Donald Cook passed through the Bosphorus and ended her 21 days in the Black Sea.

This year the list will be in reverse order: The older sightings will be at the bottom of the list. I think this will make reading the list easier.

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
14.1.2015 75 USS Donald Cook Southbound USA
13.1.2015 031 Aleksandr Otrakovski Northbound Russia
11.1.2015 PM-138 PM-138 Southbound Russia
10.1.2015 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
10.1.2015 110 Alexander Shabalin Southbound Russia
5.1.2015 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
5.1.2015 KIL-158 Southbound Russia

I have archived the list of the Russian warship movements in 2013 and the list of foreign warship movements in 2014.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus 2015 (Part 2)

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On Sunday the floating repair ship PM-138 made her southbound passage through the Bosphrous for a long stay in Tartus Syria. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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On 13 January, Aleksandr Otrakovski returned from her Syrian deployment. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

This year the list will be in reverse order: The older sightings will be at the bottom of the list. I think this will make reading the list easier.

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
13.1.2015 031 Aleksandr Otrakovski Northbound Russia
11.1.2015 PM-138 PM-138 Southbound Russia
10.1.2015 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
10.1.2015 110 Alexander Shabalin Southbound Russia
5.1.2015 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
5.1.2015 KIL-158 Southbound Russia

I have archived the list of the Russian warship movements in 2013 and the list of foreign warship movements in 2014.

The Politics Of Not Transferring Ships To Turkey (Which Are Not Needed Anyway)

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TCG Gediz with her new Smart Mk2 3D radar and Mk-41 VLS. 

The US Congress passed the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013. With this act the President of USA is authorized to sell or to grant decommissioned US Navy warships to other countries.

Usually the US Congress passes one Naval Transfer Act (NTA) once or twice in every legislation. And in each NTA certain warships and their prospective recipients are mentioned. Please mind that NTA is simply an authorization of US President by the Congress to offer these warships. The NTA does not means that the received recipients will accept this offer at the end.

In previous Naval Transfers Act of years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012 Turkey has been offered  many ships from small mine hunters to large destroyers, by USA. And Turkey has not accepted any of these offers.

In previous Naval Transfers Act of years 2003, 2008 Turkey was not offered any warships.

I have a difficult time to understand the fuss around the omission of Turkey from Naval Transfer Act 2013. I guess some cheap politicians are trying to make some cheap gains by making something out of nothing.

But the inclusion of Turkey proved controversial, as members of Congress pointed out Turkey’s increasingly hostile stance toward Israel and its threats against natural gas exploration by American companies near Cyprus. “I believe we should hold off on sending powerful warships to Turkey and encourage the government in Ankara to take a less belligerent approach to their neighbors,” said Representative Eliot Engel during that debate.

But if the US lawmakers tried to give some kind of a signal to the Turkish government by not adding Turkey to the list of the nations that may get a frigate is beyond my understanding. But if they did; the message was not delivered as the medium is not the correct one. And what was the messages in year 2003 and 2008 where no warships have been offered to Turkey?

Anyway, I do not think that any ship that US is prepared to transfer to Turkey is not powerful compared to what Turkish Navy operates.

Below is a comparison chart between the Gabya/Perry class frigates operated by both navies:

Turkish Navy (Gabya) US Navy (Perry)
Mk-13 launcher capable of firing SM-1 Standard SAM and Harpoon ASM missiles + -
Mk-41 VLS capable of firing ESSM SAM missiles (with a potential of SM-2 Standard SAM) + -
Integrated, modern combat management system + -
3D air search radar + -
Additional 25mm gun - +

Turkish frigates have more punch, better sensors and a up-to-date combat management system compared to their counterparts in US Navy service.

The only reason I can think, why Turkish Navy would want to have an old Perry class frigate from US Navy service is, to cannibalize it to provide spare parts to ours. But thank fully Perry class frigates are used besides USA, by Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Turkey. Thus finding spare parts is not all to difficult.

As I have already told, the lack of the warships especially Perry class frigates from NTA 2013, will not have any effect on the Turkish Navy at all from a technical point of view. On the contrary, we do not have to spend money and man power which are also needed for our ongoing local warship production projects. USA might be transferring warships to its allies but the ships have to be overhauled in US shipyards as NTA dictates, which means the allies have to transfer money to USA.

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus 2015 (Part 1)

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Though it looks like a watercolor painting, this is a photo of the Russian Alligator class landing ship Saratov, making her south bound passage through the Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

 

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Russian Kashtan class buoy tender KIL-158 passing through the Bosphorus. Her stay in the Black See was just one month. Photo: Amy Schultz-Işık. Used with permission.

I have reset the counter and started the list from the start. Today we have witnessed the south bound passage of two Russian warships Alligator class landing ship Saratov and Kashtan class buoy tender KIL-158.

This year the list will be in reverse order: The older sightings will be at the bottom of the list. I think this will make reading the list easier.

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
5.1.2015 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
5.1.2015 KIL-158 Southbound Russia

I have archived the list of the Russian warship movements in 2013 and the list of foreign warship movements in 2014.

Happy New Year

P333

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