TCG Burgazada, the third ship of Turkey’s first indigenous warship program MİLGEM, has delivered to the Turkish Naval Forces at a ceremony in Istanbul.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “We have lowered our foreign dependency in the defense industry from 80 percent to 35 percent. We trusted our engineers and trusted our technicians, researchers, academicians, officers and most importantly, our entrepreneurs. Products that compete with the highest league countries in the world have come out. The further we develop the defense industry, the more we will move further. We will further support this field in the coming period,” said at the ceremony.
Erdoğan also made the symbolic first weld for TCG Aydın Reis submarine being built as part of the National Submarine (MILDEN) project.
TCG Burgazada is 99.5 meters in length, 14.4 meters in width and 2,400 tons in weight. Equipped with modern technology and weapons systems, TCG Burgazada can stay at sea for 10 days with a 3,500-nautical-mile cruising range without supply or fuel support.
The corvette, which has a platform, hangar and extensive support equipment required for a 10-ton helicopter, has the facilities and ability for surface combat, underwater defense combat, air defense combat, observation, reconnaissance, and command control tasks.