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Burak-class corvette in Turkish Navy modernized
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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.

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L-UMTAS launched from the Burak-class corvette


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İsmail Demir makes statement on EUROSAM consortium

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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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