📩 01/03/2022 13:20
Sedef Shipyard Defense Industry Projects Manager M. Selim Buldanoğlu announced that ANADOLU, whose construction was completed in the Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship project, which was initiated to increase Turkey's amphibious operational capabilities, has begun sea tests. Upon its entry into the inventory, it will take over the title of “Flagship of the Turkish Navy” from the TCG Kemalreis frigate. Built by Sedef Shipyard, the ship is based on the Spanish Juan Carlos class in design. Sedef Shipyard is collaborating with the Spanish Navantia shipyard in the construction of the ship.
President of the Presidency of Defense Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, in the Circle of Mind program held on CNN Türk on December 17, 2021, made a statement regarding the delivery of TCG Anadolu to the Naval Forces, and stated that within the scope of TCG Anadolu's construction activities, the finishing works were left and the ship would be delivered by the end of 2022. İsmail Demir, the targeted calendar; He added that he was affected by the fire that occurred on the ship in 2019, the current working conditions during the pandemic process, and similar reasons.
It is expected that many domestic systems will be used in ANADOLU, which will be the largest ship of the Turkish Navy in terms of tonnage and size when finished. As air power, a version of the ATAK-2 project for naval platforms is being worked on, but it is expected that 10 AH-1W attack helicopters transferred from the Land Forces to the Navy will be deployed on the ship until the project is completed.
It was learned that the mechanized landing craft built for LHD Anadolu was launched, according to the latest information. The testing process continues for FNSS ZAHA. No developments have been announced yet on the unmanned aerial and naval platforms that are expected to be used in the presence of ships.