Turkish-designed corvettes will be produced for the Ukrainian Navy using Turkish technologies at the Okean shipyard in the Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, the shipyard said on December 21st.
“In order to localize the corvette program, the Turkish State Defense Agency conducted an audit of the technical capacity of Ukrainian shipyards. The Ocean plant was selected and included in the corvette program, taking into account the unique technical capabilities of the enterprise, the availability of professional personnel and the current program for the modernization of production assets,” the statement said.
The parties signed a memorandum as part of the implementation of a framework military agreement signed in October 2020 during a meeting in Ankara between the presidents of Ukraine and Turkey, as well as a contract for the construction of corvettes, signed on December 14 this year in Kiev.
The memorandum provides for the signing of separate contracts between the parties in a clearly specified time frame, the Okean shipyard said.
The press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said that the news refers to corvettes of the ADA class. The cost of the deal and the number of corvettes were not disclosed. It is noted that this is the first purchase of foreign warships by Ukraine.
The ADA-class corvettes have a total displacement of over 2,400 tons. The maximum speed is 29 knots and the cruising range is 3,500 miles. The crew is 106 people.
The corvettes are equipped with eight Harpoon anti-ship missiles, torpedo tubes for 324 mm torpedo tubes for 324 mm Mk.32 or Mk.46 torpedo tubes, a torpedo protection system, a 76-mm Oto Melara Super Rapid artillery mount, as well as anti-aircraft missiles in the form of RIM 116 PU Mk 49 RAM.
ADA-class corvettes are equipped with a modern combat control system, navigation, sonar and electronic warfare system. Such ships have a hangar for a helicopter or unmanned aerial vehicles. There is also a deck area for the departure and landing of aircraft.
The pace of construction of each of the corvettes is four years.
“If in 2021 the laying of the first corvette hull of this class takes place, then at the end of 2024 our fleet may receive the first ADA-class warship,” the Defense Ministry said.
Along with buying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey, Ukraine decided to strengthen its navy with Turkey’s MILGEM (National Ship) Ada-class corvettes.
MILGEM project is a national warship program of the Republic of Turkey. Managed by the Turkish Navy, the project aims at developing multipurpose corvettes and frigates that can be deployed in a range of missions, including reconnaissance, surveillance, early warning, anti-submarine warfare, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air warfare, and amphibious operations.
As of 2018, the MILGEM project covers four Ada class anti-submarine warfare corvettes and one ELINT corvette, four Istanbul class multipurpose frigates and TF2000 class anti-air warfare destroyers destined for the Turkish Navy, four Jinnah-class frigates for the Pakistan Navy.
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