Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Vessel (LHD) Project
The deployability and mobility are becoming important mission functions that Turkish Navy puts great emphasize on.
Events over the last decade have demonstrated the need for forces that are mobile and versatile, able to react quickly and capable of operating in crisis, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance operations.
The continued requirement to be able to deploy forces at long range, to have air defense function, to be able to house people and vehicles safely for a period of time with its large volume has led the Turkish Navy to consider the acquisition of Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Vessel (LHD).
Project covers the construction and the delivery of one LHD ship, four Landing Craft Mechanized (LCMs), two Landing Crafts Vehicle and Personnel (LCVPs), two Rubber Hulled Inflated Boat (RHIB) and a Command Boat.
LHD shall be capable of carrying short take off/vertical landing fighters, helicopters including heavy lift, tactical lift, attack, reconnaissance and C2 and maritime support helicopters, UAVs, amphibious vehicles including tanks, armored amphibious assault vehicles as well as an Amphibious Marine Battalion.
Construction of the ANADOLU (LHD), the biggest ship and displacement that the Turkish Navy has ever had, has been officially launched on April 30th 2016 at Sedef Shipyard Tuzla/İSTANBUL with a steel cutting ceremony.
(ANADOLU (LHD) is scheduled to join the fleet in 2021.)
The LHD contract has been awarded on June 1st 2015 to Turkish private shipyard “SEDEF” for the design and construction of one LHD ship, to be based on Juan Carlos I LHD design, where Navantia is a participant as a technological partner.
As part of Standing NATO Maritime Group-2 (SNMG-2) TCG GÖKÇEADA has conducted oil replenishment at sea with ESPS JUAN CARLOS – I (Prototype of Turkish LHD ANADOLU) on June 5th 2017.
Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) Project
On March 7th 2017 the Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) Project contract was signed between Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) and FNSS. Under the contract, FNSS will deliver a total of 27 vehicles, including 23 in personnel carrier, 2 in command and control vehicle and 2 in recovery configuration. The AAVs will be deployed on ANADOLU (LHD).
Landing Ship Tank (LST) Project
The continued requirement to deploy forces at long range has led the Turkish Navy to consider the acquisition of Landing Ship Tank (LST) type amphibious ships combining the features of a good aviation capability, protected berthing and a large internal volume for the transport of personnel and material.
The contract was signed in 2011 and LSTs are being constructed in private ANADOLU shipyard.
The construction of the ships was commenced on September 13th 2014 for the first ship BAYRAKTAR, on September 26th 2014 for the second ship SANCAKTAR. The first ship was launched in October 2015 and the second ship in July 2016.
Following the initial delivery, TCG BAYRAKTAR (L-402) was delivered to the Turkish Navy with the official ceremony on April 22nd 2017. The second LST “SANCAKTAR” of the program is planned to be delivered with the completion of marine acceptance tests in the last quarter of 2017.
Both LSTs will contribute to operational, logistics and disaster relief duties with their advanced C2 capabilities
TCG BAYRAKTAR (L-402) was delivered to the Turkish Navy with an official ceremony on April 22nd 2017