New MILGEM I is on the Agenda

New MILGEM I is on the Agenda
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The Defence Industry Executive Committee(SSIK), to be chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is expected to be held next Thursday (September 15th). However, it can be postponed to a later date. In case it is held on that day, we may expect new decisions regarding the MILGEM programmeand shipyards.

Before proceeding to “expected developments”, remembering President of Defence Industries, Professor Ismail Demir’s words at the IDEF press briefing might be beneficial. Answering a question about naval projects, Demir mentioned the MILGEM programme. He stated that works are carried out for MILGEM (6th,7th,8th) ships. However, he did not elaborate more and provided a timetable.

TurDef learned that there is a high expectancy for the MILGEM I class to include in the SSIK agenda. SSB will most likely propose two main options about the construction of I class MILGEM; SSIK may decide to construct only oneI class (MILGEM 6th) (I Class thesecondfrigate )ship or have more budget to buildthree ships (MILGEM 6th -7th- 8th). (I Class second, third and fourthfrigates) The Defence Industry Executive Committee will decide on it.

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I class frigate features

Length Overall113.2 meters
Length Waterline105.2 meters
Beam Max14.4 meters
Draught4.05 meters
Displacement3000 tons
Maximum Speed29+ knots
Cruise Speed14 knots
Endurance5700 Nm at 14 knots
Main PropulsionCODAG 2x shafts and CPP propellers
Power Generation4 x diesel generator