Istanbul Class (MILGEM Block 2)

Operator: Turkey Saudi Arabia
Status: On Order Under Negotiation
Number: 4 2
Ships: F515 Istanbul (Laid down January 2017, expected launch 2021) Unknown
F516 Izmir (Planned)
F517 Izmit (Planned)
F518 Icel (Planned)
Cost: ~$300 million per ship $300-500 million per ship
General Specs:
Country of origin: Turkey
Class: Multirole Frigate
Manufacturer: Lead developer and construction: Istanbul Naval Shipyard Command; U.S. and European defense firms provide bulk of sensors and weapon systems
Introduced: 2021
Displacement: 3,000 tons
Length: 370.7 ft (113 m)
Beam: 47.2 ft (14.4 m)
Draft: 14.4 ft (4.4 m)
Hull Material: Steel
Propulsion: Gas and diesel (CODAG) engeines
Speed: 44+ mph (72.2 km/h / 39+ knots)
Range: 4,028 miles (6,482 km / 3,500 nm) @15 kt
Endurance: N/A
Fuel Capacity: Unknown
Crew: Unknown
Guns: 1 x 76mm/62cal OTO Melara Super Rapid main gun
2 x 12.7mm Aselsan Stabilized Machine Gun Platforms (STAMP) or 2 x 25mm Aselsan STOP remote weapon system
1 x Mk 15 Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS)
Anti-air: ~16 x Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) in Mk41 vertical launch systems (VLS)
Anti-ship: 16 x RGM-84L Harpoon II missiles
Other: 2 x Mk32 324mm torpedo launchers for Mk46 or Mk54 anti-submarine torpedoes
Radar/Sensors: Thales SMART-S Mk2 3D multibeam S-band radar (manufactured locally by Aselsan)
Thales STING-EO Mk2 I/K-band fire control system (radar and electro-optic)
Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT S-band navigation radar
Aselsan ALPER X-band radar
Aselsan ASELFLIR-300T advanced targeting system
Defense/ Countermeasures: Aselsan Laser Warning Receiver (LIAS)
Aselsan ARES-2N electronic surveillance measures (ESM)
BAE Mk36 Super Rapid Bloom Offboard Countermeasures (SRBOC) chaff and decoy system
Aselsan HIZIR torpedo countermeasure system
Other: Havelsan GENESIS combat management system (CMS)
Yaltes UNIMACS 3000 integrated platform control monitoring system
OSI Geospatial digital chart integrated navigation system
Aselsan X-band SATCOM terminals
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1 x S-70B Seahawk helicopter which can carry AGM-119 Penguin Mk2 anti-ship missiles, AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, UMTAS missiles, and Mk46 and Mk54 anti-submarine torpedoes
2 x Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs)
Notes: Evolution of Turkey’s indigenous MILGEM (National Ship) project, known as the Block II, TF-100, or I Class. Successor to the smaller Ada Class anti-submarine corvettes


Turkey Begins Construction of First Istanbul-class Frigate

Turkey began construction of Istanbul, its first Istanbul-class (I-class) frigate, at the Istanbul Shipyard Command on 19 January. The first frigate, out of a total of four, is planned to be completed in 2021. The Istanbul-class frigate is the continuation of the country’s MilGem (National Vessel) concept, that lead to the earlier and smaller Ada-class […]