ASFAT has prepared 4 alternative designs for variants of the OPV, 2 of which we have seen, that may also perform AAW duties. This indicates, TN is considering an alternative OPV design on top of 10 planned OPV (sisterships of first two hulls) or remaining 8 ships may be built in different configurations altogether (not mentioning of FFBNW but readily available with heavy weapons).
I believe these are just a "leaked" image, submitted for a customer during evaluation, and has little to do with actual plans submitted to the officials.View attachment 61410
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Let’s say, the second concept is meant for AAW. There is no question about its weapon load. However, with such entry level radar how can it perform effective AAW?
Isn’t this big asymmetry between weapon package and sensor package going to adversely affect the ship's technical capabilities?
is it possible ASFAT will introduce I class must on any of these OPV designs that can house Chenk?
I believe these are just a "leaked" image, submitted for a customer during evaluation, and has little to do with actual plans submitted to the officials.
The mast is sufficient for a bigger radar, in my opinion. However i doubt if cooling capacity would be sufficient for more EA systems on the mast. It may support Cenk-S / Scaled Cenk-S / Arda-X. I think Arda-X would be a system with capability to be scaled up as a nice X band MFR.Okay, thank.
But I was asking from a technical point of view, can these OPV structurallly hold more stronger and bigger mast if required?
Babur and Ada difference is much clearer here. Babur and Kaibar are nearly 10m longer. While Istanbul and Babur are more similar with Istanbul being a tad longer.
Wish we could see a nice top down but non commercial satellite images are not updated yet.
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I've just read Mavi Vatan’ın Güney Cephesi: Doğu Akdeniz by Cem Gürdeniz and the fact that Navy having such importance only getting 11-18% of already small annual defence budget is crazy. I think we have a room for at least 30% growth in personnel and budget for them.
We have a lot of projects that we really need to accelerate. TF2000 are needed for survivability of our entire fleet and also for protecting our airspace from even further. But even then the anti ship capabilities are growing further and while Reis class are considered very good, I think we must go faster with Milden and Stm500, and focus more on cruise missile launching capability of our submarines. The navy already knows and is working on these, we just need to push it more and fund it more. A more survivable fleet is critical. We have limited budget for sure but I think these deserve the priority. Especially over a lot of other government expenditures.
TF2000 are not just for defending the Anadolu though, they will provide area defence for entire rest of fleet, including Istif with limited number of VLS and sensors. There is also the matter of ballistic missile defence in the future. We are already making Siper, we need a ship that can make use of it. That's in addition to command and control abilities of that ship for other theater operations. Those were needed more than Anadolu honestly. But most navy agrees on importance of having Anadolu as well.As I had previously mentioned, I was against the building of such a large and bulky white elephant like the TCG Anadolu. It was too expensive to build and too expensive to maintain and use. Two or three more Bayraktar Class LST ships would have been the cleverer choice; And they would have been able to meet most of the duties we were expecting from the LHD today at a fraction of the cost. TCG Anadolu is an amphibious assault vessel and number one target for all enemies of Turkey. We don’t have enough means to protect her and don’t have enough fire power to project her assaulting prowess either. It can and should have around a dozen Seahawks, a good number of navalised T-929 and T-926 helicopters.
Now we are making the same mistake with TF2000. A very expensive destroyer that will become a target. Albeit better protected than TCG Anadolu, it is nevertheless a big bulky ship that is too expensive to build and run. For a country like Turkey where finances are dire and the effect of loss of an asset like a destroyer or an LHD is just too painful to bear, the logical choice should have been more I-Class and may be a decent number of 4500 ton class frigates to complement the current ships we have in our inventory.
Addition of more submarines is also needed. As you rightfully pointed out, Milden program needs to be hastened. STM-500 mini sub program also is important.
Since TCG Anadolu is here we will have to live with this big boy and look after it.
Our Navy doesn’t really need a 8500 ton destroyer; but it needs 4 to 8 more, small to medium size (~3500 to 4500 ton) air defence frigates, 6 new Milden subs, 10 new fast attack crafts, a plethora of various unmanned sea crafts to be able to conduct missions of ASW, ASuW, intelligence, EW, land attack etc. In addition we need probably at least a dozen of navalised 10 ton helicopters that are of the same ilk as Seahawks.
To provide funds for all this is not easy. Since Navy is not the only part of our armed forces that need investing in, we need to compartmentalise the expense structure accordingly. We have a stealth plane to build. An engine that needs to be developed to fly that plane. New UAVs to come yet. The Land Forces need new tanks, artillery and armoured fighting vehicles.
There is also the matter about the smart munitions and bombs and missiles that need to be funded.
There are literally hundreds of defence projects being worked on and only a handful are in the inventory. We are still waiting for SOM-C variants, SOM-J, Atmaca Land , CAKIR , Gokdogan, Bozdogan, etc etc. these are just a few we know that have been tested successfully but not found their way in to our inventory yet.
So yes we need a lot of stuff. But must be careful about spending the funds we allocate for our defence and spend it more cleverly.