Turkey has received a tender to supply four Ada-class corvettes to Pakistan Navy (PN), Turkish National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said.
Ülkemiz, savunma sanayinde en büyük ihracatına imza attı. Pakistan Deniz Kuvvetlerinin ihtiyacı olan 4 korvetin ihalesini Türkiye olarak biz aldık. Bu, Türk savunma sanayisinde bir seferde yapılan en yüksek rakamlı ihracattır. Ülkemize, milletimize ve Pakistan’a hayırlı olsun. pic.twitter.com/Stx7G73pvL
— Nurettin Canikli (@nurettincanikli) July 5, 2018
According to the minister, the deal is the single largest contract received by the Turkish defence industry.
In May 2017, Turkey’s STM has signed a letter of intent (LoI) to manufacture four Ada class corvettes for Pakistan, and the preliminary contract was signed in November last year. According to the deal, two of the ships will be manufactured at Karachi Shipyard and the remaining in the Istanbul Naval Shipyard. According to the minister, this contract was finalized on July 5, 2018.
The Ada class (also known as the MILGEM project), is a Turkish national warship program, the purpose of which was to build a modern littoral combat ship with indigenous anti-submarine warfare and high-seas patrol capabilities, extensively using the principles of stealth technology in its design.
Three Ada-class corvettes have already been commissioned by the Turkish Navy and more are scheduled to enter into service in due course.
The corvettes of the MİLGEM project are named the Ada class (ada means island in Turkish, as each individual ship of the class is given the name of a Turkish island. The project also covers the construction of four TF-100 class frigates and four TF-2000 class frigates for the Turkish Navy, with possible exports to other countries.
The Ada-class vessels are 99 meters long, have a displacement of around 2,300 tons, and have a maximum speed of 29 knots. They are equipped with one 76 mm (3 in) OtoMelara Super Rapid naval gun, two 12.7 mm (0.50 in) Aselsan STAMP stabilized machine gun platform and two 324 mm (13 in) Mk.32 triple launchers for Mk.46 torpedoes. They are also armed with Harpoon missiles and RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) system.
The vessels have a flight deck for helicopter and UAVs along with hanger facilities.
The first three ships of the class, TCG Heybeliada, TCG Büyükada and TCG Burgazada were built by the Istanbul Naval Shipyard Command. The cost of the lead ship Heybeliada was around US$260 million.