AMPHIBIOUS SHIP PROJECTS
Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship Project
One of the areas where development is required for the Turkish Naval Forces is power transfer, strategic deployment and mobility. With the Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship coming into service, the Turkish Armed Forces will have these capabilities. In this way, the Turkish Armed Forces will acquire a set of important capabilities in a wide range varying from humanitarian aid operations to the evacuation of non-combatants in geographies far from the homeland. And from being able to carry out land operations in a desired region, to the ability to perform air operations without being dependent on other countries' bases.
In this respect, the Landing Helicopter Dock LHD (ANADOLU) project is one of the most important projects that will increase the prestige of the Turkish Armed Forces in the world. LHD Project includes the procurement of LCM (Landing Craft Mechanized), ZAHA (Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle), LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle, Personnel), commander vehicle and RHIB (Rigid Hull With İnflatable Boat) for guiding purposes. The LHD will be capable of transporting an Amphibious Marine Infantry Battalion with helicopters, as well as a variety of amphibious vehicles, including tanks and armored personnel vehicles, and directing them to a desired target on earth. In addition, with aircraft to be deployed on it, both air defense warfare and air support capability close to amphibious operations will be gained. The construction of ANADOLU, the first ship of the LHD Class, which will be the largest ship ever owned by the Turkish Naval Forces. Building of the ship started at Sedef Shipyard on April 30, 2016. ANADOLU is planned to put in service in the Turkish Naval Forces at the end of 2021.
In order to provide full operational capability of the Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship ANADOLU, the knowledge, experience and facilities of the Turkish Armed Forces and procurement authorities are mobilized, and all sub-components of the project progress in a timely manner. The LHD project is handled as a whole with the aircraft and landing crafts on it. Attack Aircraft, Attack Helicopters, Multi-Purpose Medium Load Transport Helicopters, Airborne Early Warning Helicopters, General Purpose Helicopters, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will also be included in the ANADOLU’s inventory.
Amphibious Landing Ship Tank (LST) Project
The need for power transmission over long distances; LST (Landing Ship Tank) type ships with air defense capabilities, having large capacity where vehicles, shelter for a certain period of time, can transport personnel and material to the intended location. The first of the 4 LSTs within the project, TCG BAYRAKTAR (L-402), entered service on April 22, 2017, and the second ship TCG SANCAKTAR (L-403) on April 7, 2018 in the Turkish Naval Forces. The other 2 LSTs are planned to be put into service in 2023-2024. TCG BAYRAKTAR (L-402) not only contributes to operations and logistics missions with its advanced communication electronic and command control capabilities, but also has the capability to perform natural disaster missions when necessary.