Turkey, Malaysia Sign Defense Deal

* April 23, 2010

LONDON [MENL] -- Turkey and Malaysia have signed a deal for defense
cooperation.

MTU Series 4000 engines to power eight new landing ships for the Turkish Navy  07:54 GMT, March 26, 2010 Friedrichshafen/Istanbul | The Tognum subsidiary MTU Turkey will supply, from June 2010, a total of 16 MTU Series 4000 engines to power eight Turkish landing ships for transporting tanks and vehicles. The supply scope of the order placed by SSM, the Turkish government authority, with MTU Turkey also includes the gearboxes and “Bluevision”, MTU ship automation systems for propulsion control.

Turkey fully directed development of the landing ships, each of which will be powered by two MTU 16V 4000 M70 diesel engines with a total output of 4,640 kW (6,222 bhp), capable of accelerating the ships to a speed of 20 knots. The ships are being built at the Turkish ADIK shipyard in Istanbul and the engines are to be delivered between June 2010 and the end of 2012. The technical training of crews, maintenance, and logistical support for the marine propulsion systems will be provided by MTU Turkey.

Landing ships serve to transport troops and technical equipment by sea, also to secure reinforcements and deliver tanks and other vehicles to otherwise inaccessible coastal areas. They are likewise used to support humanitarian operations, the need for which arises due to, for example, the frequently occurring earthquakes in the region.

The Turkish Navy has endorsed MTU’s reliable, powerful and solidly built propulsion systems for almost thirty years. As part of its modernization program, the Turkish naval force is to equip vessels such as MILGEM-class corvettes or Kilic fast attack boats with MTU propulsion plants.

Milgem class corvette MİLGEM class corvette, from the Turkish words Milli Gemi (National Ship), is the name of one of two Turkish national warship programs (the other being the TF-2000 project); the purpose of which is to build a modern littoral combat warship with indigenous capabilities, extensively using the principles of stealth technology in its design. Construction of the first MİLGEM class corvette, F-511 TCG HEYBELİADA, began on 26 July 2005. TCG HEYBELİADA was put to sea with a ceremony on September 27, 2008 (during which the construction of F-512 TCG BÜYÜKADA, the second MİLGEM class warship, also began) and is scheduled to be completed by 25 October 2010, when it will start undergoing full sea trials before being officially commissioned. F-511 TCG Heybeliada is expected to enter service in early 2011.[1] A total of twelve MİLGEM class warships (eight corvettes and four frigates) will be built for the Turkish Navy, with possible exports to other countries.[2] The Pakistan Navy will acquire 4 Milgem class corvettes over a 10-year program, of which 3 will be manufactured in local shipyards.[5]

Turkish warships make port call in Sevastopol
Today at 18:37 April 9th 2010 | Interfax-Ukraine
Sevastopol, April 9 (Interfax-AVN) - Several Turkish naval ships including the Barbaros frigate and the Yildyrai submarine arrived in the Ukrainian port city of Sevastopol on an unofficial visit on Friday, Ukrainian Navy spokesman Volodymyr Bova told Interfax. "The Turkish frigate and submarine are moored at Port Sevastopol not far from the center of the city, Bova said. The visit is on the program of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's international cooperation for 2010, he said. He also said the Ukrainian warship Slavutych, which is taking part in the April activation of the BLACKSEAFOR naval cooperation group, will call at the Turkish port of Eregli on Friday.

A Turkish Air Force F16 jet fighter sorties during the Anatolian Eagle military exercise in the central Anatolian city of Konya April 28, 2010.… Read more »
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The Turkish Stars aerobatic team perform during a ceremony marking the 95th anniversary of the World War One Gallipoli campaign, in Gallipoli April 24, 2010. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: TRANSPORT ANNIVERSARY MILITARY POLITICS)

A Turkish Air Force F16 jet fighter takes off from an air base as Turkey's national flag is seen in the foreground during the Anatolian Eagle military exercise in the central Anatolian city of Konya April 28, 2010.… Read more »
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Turkish Chief of Staff General Ilker Basbug points next to Air Force Commander General Hasan Aksay (C) and Land Forces Commander General Isik Kosaner (R) during a military exercise in Bandirma in Turkey's Balikesir province April 9, 2010.
REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: MILITARY)

A Turkish Air Force F16 jet fighter prepares to take off from an air base during the Anatolian Eagle military exercise in the central Anatolian city of Konya April 28, 2010.… Read more »
REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: MILITARY)

A Turkish Air Force F16 war plane prepares to take off from an air base during a military exercise in Bandirma in Turkey's Balikesir province April 9, 2010. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: MILITARY)

A Turkish Air Force F16 war plane takes off from an air base during a military exercise in Bandirma in Turkey's Balikesir province April 9, 2010. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: MILITARY)

Turkish Chief of Staff General Ilker Basbug walks next to Air Force Commander General Hasan Aksay (R) during a military exercise in Bandirma in Turkey's Balikesir province April 9, 2010.
REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: MILITARY)

The Turkish Stars aerobatic team fly their Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighters during a ceremony marking the 95th anniversary of the World War One Gallipoli campaign, in Gallipoli April 24, 2010.… Read more »
REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: TRANSPORT ANNIVERSARY MILITARY POLITICS)

Turkish soldiers take part in a military exercise, in the town of Cizre, 2007. Turkish and Syrian soldiers will hold joint drills this week to enhance border security cooperation.… April 26. 2010
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