Turkish shipyard begins mass production of high-speed patrol boats for coastal defense

Turkey, Ankara-Turkey’s private shipyard Ares has begun mass production of 122 high-speed patrol boats for the Coast Guard Command and the General Directorate of Security, the company announced.

This is Turkey’s largest naval program in terms of number of vessels and is part of a contract between Ares and the Turkish defense procurement office, the President of the Defense Industry. A government agency, also known as the SSB, does not disclose the contract amount, but industry sources estimate it to be between $ 70 million and $ 80 million.

Of the 122 vessels, the Coast Guard will receive 105 Ares 35 high-speed vessels, and the General Directorate of Security will receive 17 vessels.

SSB Chief Ismail Demir previously Naval ship Used to regulate or counter illegal immigrants, smuggling and trafficking, it supports search and rescue and maritime security operations in Hatay from the eastern Black Sea coast of Turkey. Eastern Mediterranean..

Turkey, home to more than 5 million refugees, is the main transit route for illegal migrants to the European Union, often via neighboring Greece. Turkey has a coastline of over 8,000 kilometers (including islands) along the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

According to the manufacturer, the Ares 35 has a speed of over 35 knots and a range of 160 nautical miles. Earlier this year, Ares manufactured and delivered the first Ares 35. It departs Antalya for two months to participate in operations in the Black Sea. The Ares Shipyard is based on the Mediterranean coast of Antalya.

Ares will deliver six boats every two months and then complete the delivery in four years, Ares project manager Onur Ilmas told official news agency Anador.

“All boats have the same functionality, but are subject to change with additional feedback,” he said. “This boat is designed with high operational capabilities on all of Turkey’s coastlines and is proven by performing tasks from shallow to deep water (3.2 feet or more).”

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