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Burak-class corvette in Turkish Navy modernized

Photos of the Burak class F-503 TCG Beykoz corvette of the Turkish Navy were shared on social media. According to the image shared by “
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”, the cannon and radar of TCG Beykoz corvette, formerly called the D’Estienne d’Orves (Aviso)-class in the French Navy, were upgraded.

According to the examination of the images, the systems replaced in the ships are as follows:

  • French-made 100mm CADAM canon instead replaced by Italian Oto Malara 76mm cannon
  • French DRBC 32E fire control radar replaced by indigenous ASELSAN AKR tracking and fire control radar
  • French DRBV 51A search radar replaced by ASELSAN 3D Search Radar (MAR-D)
Burak-class corvettes, which are six in the Turkish Navy inventory, are between the ages of 43 and 46. These ships were planned to be removed from the inventory in the past years. However, the ships could not be taken out of the inventory due to the delay of the Turkish Navy’s new shipbuilding programs, the tension in the region and the expansion of the Turkish Navy’s mission scope.

“The replaced 100mm guns were heavy and slow. In addition, there is a high dependency on France for spare parts and ammunition. Aviso, namely Burak, class ships are in better condition ships in spite of their age. They are easy to operate, inexpensive and robust ships. The French Navy retired the ships built to replace the Avisos and put the Avisos back on duty with the cannon removed. ” said Kozan Selçuk Erkan, Defense Turk author and naval engineer

France also used the centre line form of Aviso, which was preferable, in the Floréal class reconnaissance-surveillance frigates developed later.

As to the use of corvette, Erkan also said, “There is still no equivalent of corvette design in Greece. They deploy a patrol boat or frigate against the corvettes. For this reason, it is very beneficial for them to remain on duty through cost-effective modifications. ”

The launchers loaded with Javelin and L-UMTAS designed by Roketsan were added to the Burak-class corvettes and shots were made to test them. Among the possible scenarios is the integration of this system, which will be highly deterrent against the close targets in the Aegean.

In addition, even though MM-38 Exocet missiles in the Burak-class have been renovated in the past, the old missiles are considered not to be very effective.

L-UMTAS launched from the Burak-class corvette

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İsmail Demir makes statement on EUROSAM consortium


Turkey did her part in EUROSAM consortium

President of Defense Industries. Dr. İsmail Demir made statements about the ongoing defense industry projects during his online meeting with defense media groups.

In his speech, İsmail Demir stated that Turkish firms in the EUROSAM consortium, which is one of the most important multinational projects in which Turkish defense industry companies participate, had fulfilled their obligations. Demir emphasized that as Turkey did her part, other partners should also remain adherent to the project.

In January 2020, during the assessment meeting for 2019 and planning meeting for 2020 held at the Presidency of Defense Industries C Demir said, “The reason that we do not still have any tangible outcomes for SAMP-T despite the completion of identification is France’s attitude towards Turkey. There is a possibility to proceed the project with Italian partners, but the process may be congested.”

To sum up, he mentioned that due to her activities in both Libya and the Mediterranean against Turkey, France does not fulfill her obligations for EUROSAM and there may be a possibility to continue the project in cooperation with Italian partners.

İsmail Demir, who was the guest of NTV live broadcast on June 8, 2020, added that the concept definition for the development and production of EUROSAM, a joint long-range air defense system carried out with the French-Italian partnership came to an end.

In 2018, Turkey joined the missile program. The missile program was estimated to be ready in the mid-2020s.

“Turkey Did Her Part”

Underlining that there would be more reviews for the project as long as the need for more concrete proposals for air defense system, Ismail Demir said,

“As for EUROSAM, there was a definition we started in advance. In general, this study will enable joint use by 3 countries; France, Italy and Turkey, I mean. It was the scope for joint development of an advanced air defense system. The identification studies for Turkey were completed as we are in the final phase. With the other two countries adding their own definitions to the system, they will set out with a common roadmap. We said that we were ready to review the proposals regarding the direct supply of the system within the framework of this project. But we have repeatedly mentioned that we are very insistent on this joint production and technology issues in the proposal for Patriot.”

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While definitely interesting, doesn't that belong under the Turkish military news or some such rather than the Chinese UAV thread?

No, because it has to do with the fact that my first question was whether China was really independent in drone technology, " is China completely independent when it comes to drones?" I took as an example Turkey which is very dependent on foreign suppliers


No, because it has to do with the fact that my first question was whether China was really independent in drone technology, " is China completely independent when it comes to drones?" I took as an example Turkey which is very dependent on foreign suppliers

No, anzha was right. The original question about China's supply-chain security has already been answered. That should end right there. Any subsequent update on Turkish UAV industry getting sanctioned is off-topic.
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An interesting picture (during PN Chief visit of Turkey) .... in the back ground under construction Turkish SSKs ...




Turkey officially launches indigenous FAC project​


Turkey’s leading defence company STM updated its website yesterday and promulgated important information about Turkey’s indigenous fast attacking craft project named “Turkish Type FAC” that the Term-1 Contract Design Agreement of the project was signed between the Turkish Defense Industry Presidency and STM company on 31 August 2020.

“Within the scope of the contract, defining the system requirements, concept selection, preliminary design and contract design activities of Turkish Type FAC will be carried out.” says in the announcement.

STM, which is the main contractor of the project, has already made a specific design design named “FAC55” and the Turkish Type FAC is expected to be developed based on this design. The design was made in accordance with the framework of the task of establishing and maintaining sea control in the operation areas of the Turkish Naval Forces.

“Our Turkish Type FAC Project, for which a Design Contract has been signed between our Presidency and STM, will strengthen our navy. Turkish Type FACs will contribute to the protection of our interests in our maritime jurisdiction with their effective manoeuvrability, high strike power and national systems they will carry.” said Ismail Demir, President of Turkish Defence Industries Presidency, in an interview with Turkish defence portal
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FAC 55:

FAC-55 is a monohull vessel designed to perform sea warfare and patrol on the open seas, under heavy sea and weather conditions, equipped with gas turbine propulsion system, conforming naval norms/standards and classification rules.

FAC-55 has been mainly designed for the following tasks;

  • Acting as fast attack craft and participaing in selected offensive operations
  • Coastal and offshore patrolling & monitoring
  • Air and sea surveillance & control
FAC-55 has the following capabilities;

  • 55+ knots maximum speed
  • 1000 nautical miles endurance at 20 knots economical speed
    Operations up to sea state 5
  • Non-magnetic steel hull and superstructure
  • Reduced radar cross-section (RCS)
  • Reduced infrared signature (IR)
  • Reduced acoustic & magnetic signature

Key Specifications:

  • Length Overall: 62.67m
  • Length Waterline: 55.98m
  • Draught: 1.68m
  • Displacement: 535 tons
  • Max. Speed: 55+ knots
  • Economical Speed: 18 knots
  • Endurance: 1000nm at 20 knots
    750nm at 50 knots
Tank Capacities:

Fuel: 90 tons
Fresh Water: 8 tons

Sensor & Weapons:

  • 3D Search Radar / IFF
  • ARPA/LPI Navigation Radar
  • E/O Director
  • HF/VHF/UHF Communications Systems
  • 1x STING Radar
  • 1x 76mm Gun
  • 2x 12.7mm STAMP
  • 1x RAM PDMS
  • 4×2 AShM (Harpoon or Atmaca)
  • 2x CHAFF Decoy
Main Propulsion

  • COGAG 28 MW
  • 3x Water Jets
Power Generation

  • 3x200kW Diesel Generators


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