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Türkiye unveils exclusive details of future TF-2000-class destroyer.

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According to information published by the Turkish MoD on February 28, 2024, Admiral Ercüment Tatlıoğlu, Commander of the Naval Forces, recently visited the Istanbul Shipyard Command and the Naval Forces Design Project Office (DPO) in the Istanbul area.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Admiral Ercüment Tatlıoğlu, Commander of the Naval Forces, at the Design Project Office or DPO. (Picture source: Turkish MoD)

During his visit to the Istanbul Shipyard, Admiral Tatlıoğlu received information about the ongoing repair and restoration activities of the Savarona. At the Design Project Office, he reviewed the design and roadmap of the TF-2000 destroyer, which is the third project of our indigenous and national ship design, the MILGEM family, following the corvette and frigate. Additionally, he examined the concept design of the fourth project, an aircraft carrier.

About the future destroyer

The TF-2000-class destroyer is a type of anti-air warfare guided-missile destroyer that is currently being developed by the Turkish Naval Institute. This class is designed to counter aerial threats and is equipped to perform various mission functions, including command, control, communications, reconnaissance, early warning, surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and electronic warfare.

On December 5, 2007, the Defence Industry Executive Committee approved the construction of six ships in this class, with four being fixed orders and two as options. In January 2013, it was reported that Turkey planned to acquire a total of eight TF-2000 destroyers, a plan which was confirmed at the International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) in 2021. The development of the TF-2000-class is intended to enhance the Turkish Navy's capabilities in anti-air warfare.

The TF-2000 destroyer is described as having a length of 149 meters, a width of 21.3 meters, a draft of 5.75 meters, a displacement of 8,300 tons, a speed exceeding 26 knots, and a CODOG propulsion system consisting of two gas turbines and alternatively diesel engines.

For armaments, the TF-2000 is expected to be equipped with 96 vertical launch system (VLS) cells which are divided into two sections, with 32 cells located at the bow behind the main gun and 64 cells at the midship. Comparing with earlier depictions, the design has matured significantly, showing an increase from 64 to 96 VLS cells.

The primary armament will include a 127mm gun , 25mm STOP guns by Aselsan in turrets, and a 35mm Gokdeniz close-in weapon system (CIWS) at the stern, complemented by a RAM launcher type LEVENT by Roketsan with a capacity of 21 missiles.

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