Turkey Unveils its First Amphibious Assault Ship to be Armed with Drones

Agence France Presse (AFP) Reuters13.04.2023 Products
Turkey Unveils its First Amphibious Assault Ship to be Armed with Drones

Turkey Unveils its First Amphibious Assault Ship to be Armed with Drones

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Turkey launched its first amphibious assault ship, aiming to extend its drone capabilities from land-based to naval operations amid increased regional tensions as war rages in Ukraine on the other side of the Black Sea.

The TCG Anadolu can handle only light aircraft, chiefly helicopters and jets that can take off from shorter runways. It is 232 meters long and 32 meters wide, and can carry some 1,400 personnel - one battalion of soldiers - combat vehicles and support units to operate overseas, Reuters reported.

“This vessel will allow us to conduct military and humanitarian operations in every corner of the world, when needed,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said at the launch ceremony in Istanbul earlier this week.

“We see this vessel as a symbol that will consolidate Turkey’s regional leadership position,” he said.

The amphibious assault ship was built in Istanbul’s Sedef Shipyard by a Turkish-Spanish consortium, based on the design of Spanish light aircraft carrier Juan Carlos I.

Ankara’s original plan was to deploy F-35 B-model fighter jets, which can take off from shorter runways, on its largest warship.

But its plans had to change after the United States removed Turkey, a NATO ally, from its F-35 program over Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 defence systems in 2019. Turkey then converted TCG Anadolu into a drone carrier.

In addition to helicopters, Turkey plans to deploy on the new carrier Bayraktar TB3 and Kizilelma unmanned aerial combat vehicles - both under production by Turkish defence firm Baykar - as well as Hurjet light attack aircraft being developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).

TCG Anadolu will be the world’s first amphibious assault ship whose fleet is made up mostly of armed drones once the plan is implemented.

According to AFP, China last year unveiled its first military drone carrier, reflecting the growing importance of pilotless aircraft in modern warfare.



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