According to @Anmdt
’s above post, first steel cutting of I-Class ’s 3 new ships will start in April this year. They give a time frame of 36 months before ships are delivered. But in 6 monthly intervals. That makes it Mid 2027 before all 4 I-Class ships are in our inventory.
Now some members have come up with 24 months being more realistic for a ship that has already been built. Correct. But we have to be devil’s advocate, and as per past performance of local ship building, we have to take the longer time as being more accurate.
4 ships that are 60% larger in tonnage than Istanbul Class and have almost the same fire power of any modern frigate, and can keep up with the endurance of TCG Anadolu, and that will be available for service within 6-12 months; Even if they are 20+ years old and will cost us around 100 million dollars each, it is not easy to push aside with the back of our hands.
Plus , although our Hizir Sonar is good , it is not the same as the one on Type 23. The ASW capability of these frigates are worth the money. They can track nuclear subs.
Also it is worth noting that ; By the time we finish with the Istif Class, each ship will be worth more than 500 million dollars.