5 Dec 2016 1 Comment
Here are photos of foreign warships, that have passed through Bosphorus, in last 7 days:
The list of the foreign warships passed through Istanbul Strait is here.
5 Dec 2016 2 Comments
Defence acquisition agency Undersecreteriat For Defence industries (UDI) has started a development project for air defence missiles to be used TF-2000 warship.
According to the website of UDI, the aim of the project is to procure short/medium and long-range air defence missile, which can be integrated with the combat management system, multi-purpose phased array radar system and TF-2000 platform and capable of force and zone air defense.
The project model is local development. There will be a short/medium ranged missile and a long ranged missile. The shot text also mentions the system of the missile. What we should understand from it is at the moment a bit unclear. The UDI states that a request for proposal regarding the design and development phase is under preparation.
At the moment Turkey has developed two air defence missiles:
These missiles were developed for the army to protect military bases, ports, facilities and troops against threats from the air. Their targets are military aircraft, attack helicopters, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. According to Roketsan producer of the missiles, they present a modular structure with the integrity of a family and are designed to be compatible with different platform integrations.
Both missiles have high explosive fragment warhead, mid-course guidance with inertial navigation and data link terminal guidance with IIR (imaging infrared seeker). The range of Hisar-A is 15 km and the range of Hisar-O is 25km. It is too early to say, whether the recently announced naval air defence missiles will be developed from the existing Hisar missiles or build from the scratch.
The command and control and fire control systems for the land based Hisar air defence system is done by military electronics company Aselsan. Aselsan is also developing the phased array radar to be used for the TF-200 air defence frigate. Thus the development of the electronics for the air defence system will be carried out by them.
With the initiation of this project, Turkey takes another step to the realisation of TF-2000 air defence frigate.
24 Nov 2016 1 Comment
Each year Turkish Navy organises a mine warfare exercise named after the famous minelayer Nusret.
This year the exercise will be held between 25 November and 4 December 2016, in İzmir Bay.
The aim of the exercise is to provide training for the planning and execution of mine warfare and to improve the interoperability in mine warfare, between warships from participant countries.
Turkish Armed Forces will take part with 7 mine hunters, one mine layer / command and control ship, one corvette, one patrol boat, one mine retriever, 3 Coast Guard vessels, one naval EOD team, one helicopter, 2 F-16C fighters and one C-130 cargo plane.
Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Romania and Spain will send one mine warfare ship. Belgium will take part with one autonomous underwater vehicle and its crew. Greece and Romania will each deploy one EOD team as well.
The below is the list of the participating warships as far as I could identify:
|63||BGS Priboy||Mine sweeper||Bulgaria|
|M-1058||FGS Fulda||Mine hunter||Germany|
|M-63||HS Kallisto||Mine hunter||Greece|
|30||ROS Sub Lieutenant Alexandru Axente||Mine sweeper||Romania|
|M-36||ESPS Tajo||Mine hunter||Spain|
|M-265||TCG Alanya||Mine hunter||Turkey|
|M-266||TCG Amasra||Mine hunter||Turkey|
|M-267||TCG Ayvalık||Mine hunter||Turkey|
|M-269||TCG Anamur||Mine hunter||Turkey|
|M-260||TCG Edincik||Mine hunter||Turkey|
|M-261||TCG Edremit||Mine hunter||Turkey|
|M-262||TCG Enez||Mine hunter||Turkey|
|A-577||TCG Sokullu Mehmet Paşa||Command||Turkey|
|P-1206||TCG Karşıyaka||Patrol ship||Turkey|
20 Nov 2016 1 Comment
Yesterday, on 19th November 2016, anti submarine warfare exercise Mavi Balina (Blue Whale) has started. The exercise led by Turkish Navy will be held in Eastern Mediterranean.
The aim of the exercise is to increase the submarine warfare and ASW skill of the participating units. Turkish Navy is taking part with 4 frigates, one corvette and 5 submarines. Besides Turkey, Bulgaria, Canada, Pakistan, Romania, Spain and USA are also taking part in the exercise with warships.
The list of the participating units:
|256||ROS Contraamiral Horia Macellariu||Corvette||Romania|
|P-344||TCG Rüzgar||Missile boat||Turkey|
|P-345||TCG Poyraz||Missile boat||Turkey|
15 Nov 2016 1 Comment
37 years ago to this day, in the very early hours, İstanbul was shaken by a large explosion. There was a huge firewall on the water and windows of many nearby houses were broken.
The Romanian tanker MT Independenta was waiting for the pilot, when the Greek cargo ship MV Evriali collided, at the southern entrance of Bosphorus.
MT Independenta suffered 3 large explosions. Only 3 of her 43 strong crew survived the accident. The ship burned for days and created a huge environmental disaster.
My grandfather was lucky, to go on board and take some interesting yet grotesque and grim photos. Some of them are below, to testify the intensity of the heat and days of burning.
5 Nov 2016 2 Comments
Turkish military electronic company Aselsan was chosen to supply ARES-2SC electronic support measures system for the Agosto 90B submarines in Pakistan Navy, according to IHS Jane’s.
ARES family of ESM systems are developed by Aselsan to be used both on surface ships and on submarines. The ARES ESM system detects, intercepts, identifies, classifies, tracks, direction-finds (DF), localizes, platform correlates, records and provides audio warnings of threat signals within the 2 to 18 GHz frequency band.
ARES-2N is integrated into Turkish Ada class corvettes and the ARES-2NS, especially for submarines, is fitted to the 2 modernized Ay class submarines. This system is also selected for the Reis (Type 214) class submarines.
The main difference between ARES-2N and ARES-2NS is, that the latter has smaller antennas and a single operator console due to the limited space available on submarines.
The system on Pakistan submarines will be the second generation ARES-2SC that has a dedicated ESM mast antenna, as well as a separate omnidirectional radar warning receiver (RWR) antenna designed for installation on periscopes.
Aselsan officials Told Jane’s during Indodefence 2016, that the company has recently been selected to provide the ARES-2SC system as part of the upgrade of the Pakistan Navy’s Agosta 90B submarines. In this case, it will give the main ESM to STM (as prime contractor), while it will separately supply the periscope-mounted RWR antenna to Airbus DS Optronics for mounting on a new search periscope.
5 Nov 2016 Leave a comment
The Dutch shipyard, Damen has signed a contract with the International Organisation for Migration, for the supply of six, Search and Rescue (SAR) vessels for delivery in 2017. The boats are being financed by the European Union and will be operated by the Turkish Coast Guard, to support the refugees and migrants rescue operations, according to Defence Turkey Magazine.
The boats are designed for SAR operations in all-weather and can self right within seconds after a capsize or even a 360° roll. The 19 meter long boat, has a maximum speed of 31 knots and can carry up to 120 survivors.
The six boats will be built by Damen’s Turkish Shipyard in Antalya. The first two boats are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2017 and the deliveries will be finished by the end of 2017.
These will be the first Damen built boats for Turkish Coast Guard. And these boats are going to be the first dedicated and purpose designed search and rescue vessels of Turkish Coast Guard. Damen was not a supplier for Turkish Coast Guard. The fact that the contract was financed by EU funds must have helped the Dutch company. Turkish Coast Guard usually prefers local shipyards and local designs.