|Builders:||Gölcük Naval Shipyard|
|Planned:||Initially 4 (+2 option), Currently revised to 8 firm|
|Type:||Anti-air warfare frigate|
The TF-2000 class frigate is a projected anti-air warfare frigate currently undergoing development by the Turkish Naval Institute. The class will provide survivability in the presence of aerial threat and also support mission functions such as command, control, and communications, reconnaissance, early warning, surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and electronic warfare. On December 5, 2007, Defence Industry Executive Committee approved plans to build six ships of this class (4 fixed, 2 optional). On January 2013, it was announced that Turkey was now planning to acquire a total of 8 TF-2000 frigates. With the realization of the project, it is intended to improve the Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) capabilities of the Turkish Navy.
At the moment, preliminary studies are conducted and configuration of the platform is being evaluated. The project necessitates high-level engineering and technology applications and also a long term realisation period with novel project management processes. Meanwhile, in-country development of the main sensor, multi-function Phased Array Radar is targeted to be achieved with the aim of maximum local content contribution, in close cooperation with universities, defense industry and national research institutions. With a similar project management approach implemented in the MILGEM project, the entire realisation period of the TF-2000 project also purposes to nurture the in-country technology and engineering applications as well as the nationalisation of the critical systems for the national defence industry. In February 2011, the feasibility studies of the submitted RFI documents were completed, stepping forward to the development of a project model.
On 23 to 25 March 2009, the Undersecretary of Turkish Defence Industries, Murad Bayar, held talks with SAAB Bofors Dynamics of Sweden and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace of Norway for the production of RBS15 Mk.III/IV and Naval Strike Missile surface-to-surface missile systems in Turkey, to be used on the TF-2000 and MILGEM project warships of the Turkish Navy.
Few details are known about weapons and sensors under evaluation, but each ship will have 32 VLS cells, a Mk 41 launcher that fires SM-2 Standard and RIM-162 ESSM anti-air missiles, two helicopters, a 127 mm gun, anti-ship missiles and anti-submarine warfare torpedoes.
Missiles under evaluation:
- Harpoon and/or RBS15 Mk.III/IV and/or Naval Strike Missile (SSM)
- RIM-156 SM-2 Block IV (SAM)
- RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (SAM)
- RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (CIWS-PDMS)
- VL ASROC (ASW)
- Indigenous naval cruise missile currently being developed by Roketsan
Countermeasures under evaluation:
- Laser Directed Kinetic Energy Weapons
- Directional Infrared Counter Measures
Sensors under evaluation:
- ASELSAN ÇAFRAD ÇFR (Çok Fonksiyonlu Radar) / (Multi-function radar)
- ASELSAN ÇAFRAD AYR (Aydinlatma Radar) / (Illumination/fire-control radar)
- ASELSAN ÇAFRAD UMR (Uzun Menzilli Radar) / (Long range radar)
- ASELSAN ÇAFRAD IFF (Electronik Taramali IFF)
- Hürriyet Daily News: "Turkey revives $3 billion navy project", by Ümit Enginsoy. 15 March 2010
- Military.com: "Turkey Specifies a Range of New Ships", by Andy Nativi. 1 September 2009
- Announcement for Issuing of Request for Information for TF-2000 Project, Undersecretariat for Defence Industries, Turkey
- Turkey seeks systems for TF-2000 frigate, Janes Navy International 2010
- TF-2000 Project, Undersecretariat for Defence Industries, Turkey
- Frigate Projects, Turkish Navy, Retrieved 2011-01-02
- Naval Projects, Volume:5 Issue:24 Year:2010, Defence Turkey Magazine, Retrieved 2011-01-02