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TF 2000 Project

In 2010 Turkey revived the ambitious program to build six TF-2000 anti-air warfare frigates to bolster its Navy's defense capabilities. The Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, Turkey's defense procurement agency, in early March 2010 collected information from several foreign and domestic companies seeking to take part in the TF-2000 program, which was expected to cost around $3 billion. The program was expected to be completed in 10-12 years and provide the Navy with its next generation frigates. As of 2012 the first ship was planned to enter service in 2018

Turkey originally designed the program in the late 1990s, but the 2001 financial crisis then prompted Ankara to shelve it indefinitely. In 2006, Turkey's top procurement body, the Defense Industry Executive Committee, decided to revive the project and called for the manufacture of six TF-2000 frigates, instead of an earlier-planned eight.

Turkey's Glck military shipyard in the country's northwest is planned to build the six vessels. They will be equipped with state-of-the-art anti-missile and anti-aircraft air defense missile systems as well as other weapons. Several international ship builders, including Germany's Blohm + Voss, Norway's Kongsberg, and Lockheed Martin are said to be interested in this program

The objective is the acquisition of anti-air warfare frigates that will provide survivability in the presence of aerial threat and also support mission functions such as command control and communication, reconnaissance, early warning, surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and electronic warfare.

The TF-2000 frigate is expected to have a displacement of over 6,000 tons. Naval warfare helicopters and pilot-less aircraft also are planned to take off from the TF-2000s.

The timetable called for completing the design by 2011, with a Batch I contract signed for two vessels in 2014, and commissioning in 2021 and 2022 by one account. The first ship was planned to enter service in 2018, according to another source. Batch II, with three vessels, will proceed from 2023-28. Few details are known about weapons and sensors, but each ship will have 32 VLS cells, a Mk 41 launcher that fires Standard SM-2 and ESSM antiair missiles, two helicopters, a 127-mm. gun, antiship missiles and antisubmarine-warfare torpedoes.

The Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) initiated the TF-2000 Program to meet the Anti-Air Warfare Frigate requirement of Turkish Naval Forces Command. In this regard, Request for Information (RFI) was issued 15 January 2010 by SSM to gather administrative, financial and technical information for the systems from relevant companies/organizations for planning purposes of the Program.

  • Directed Infrared Counter Measures
  • Electric Generation and Distribution Systems
  • Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Integrated Platform Management System
  • Laser Directed / Kinetic Energy Weapons
  • Main Propulsion System
  • Naval Gun System
By June 2012 Lockheed Martin was left as the only bidder in the $3 billion project for the joint manufacture of six frigates for the Turkish navy after Ankara rejected the remaining contender BAE Systems proposal. BAE had offered the new Type 26 frigate, internationally known as the Global Combat Ship (GCS). But Turkey wants the Turkish company Aselsan's Multifunctional Phased Array Radar project (AFRAD) to be inserted into the AN/SPY1, Turkish Havelsan's Genesis to replace Aegis, and this combination to be integrated with the SM3 system. The project may still not be awarded to Lockheed Martin if an agreement cannot be reached on the technical aspects of missile integration. Such an eventuality would cause the project to be shelved and then reshaped. Milgem could be re-designed to manufacture a light frigate for air defense warfare, named TF100.

By the end of 2016 Turkish defense industry was moving towards the future with sure steps. The TF-2000 air defense frigate is the latest addition to these projects. The TF-2000 is a defense against ballistic defects in the air defense giants of the world, with very little in the hands of the world's superpowers England and France. The TF-2000 is supposed to produce four of the warships. Unit cost is estimated to be 1 billion dollars according to experts' estimates. The TF-2000 project will house many innovations in the world and give power to the Turkish navy.

TF-2000 project Information Request File was published in May 1996 and Ihaleye Call Dokumani was published in 1998. Target; 6 frigates, a budget of $ 5 billion, and service dates starting in 2004. However, the project was delayed due to the 1999 Golcuk earthquake and the economic crisis afterwards. The number was reduced to 4 by the Defense Industry Executive Committee.

Designed by DZKK.LIGI ARMERKOM Design Office. It was anticipated that design works will end in 2016. The vessels will have a length of 147 meters [480 feet], width: 18 meters, full displacement of 7,000 tons, and a crew of 220. At a price of 1 Billion USD / Number (Estimated), the first TF-2000 will be produced in the shipyard of Istanbul. The next three ships will be produced by private company shipyards. It is anticipated that the TF-2000 frigates will be in Turkish seas in 2020's years.

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