ANKARA, Turkey — Personal Turkish shipyard Ares has begun mass manufacturing of a batch of 122 quick patrol boats for the nation’s Coast Guard Command and the Common Directorate of Safety, the corporate introduced.
That is Turkey’s largest-ever naval program by way of the variety of vessels, and it’s a part of a contract between Ares and Turkey’s protection procurement workplace, the Presidency of Defence Industries. The federal government company, in any other case referred to as SSB, wouldn’t reveal the contract worth, however trade sources estimate it’s between $70 million and $80 million.
Of the batch of 122 vessels, Coast Guard Command will obtain 105 Ares 35 quick boats, and the Common Directorate of Safety will obtain 17.
SSB chief Ismail Demir beforehand stated the small naval vessels can be used to manage or counter unlawful migration, smuggling and human trafficking, and assist search and rescue in addition to maritime safety operations from Turkey’s jap Black Coastline to Hatay province within the Japanese Mediterranean Sea.
Turkey, which is residence to greater than 5 million refugees, is the principle transit route for unlawful immigration into the European Union, typically by way of neighboring Greece. Turkey has a shoreline alongside the Black, Aegean and Mediterranean seas that exceeds 8,000 kilometers (together with islands).
The velocity of the Ares 35 exceeds 35 knots and has a spread of 160 nautical miles, in response to the producer. Earlier this 12 months, Ares produced and delivered the primary Ares 35, which can depart from Antalya for 2 months to participate in operations within the Black Sea. The Ares shipyard is predicated on the Mediterranean coast of Antalya.
Ares plans to finish deliveries in 4 years after delivering six boats each two months, Onur Yilmaz, challenge supervisor at Ares, advised the official information company Anadolu.
“All boats can have the identical options, however there might be adjustments in case of extra suggestions,” he stated. “The boat was designed with a excessive operational functionality on all of the coastlines of Turkey, and can show itself by performing duties in shallow and even deep waters (over 3.2 ft).”