Barbaros-class frigate

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TCG Oruç Reis (F245).jpg
Class overview
Name: Barbaros, MEKO 200 TN-II
Operators:  Turkish Naval Forces
Preceded by: Yavuz class
Subclasses: Salih Reis class
In commission: 1997 - present
Completed: 4
Active: 4
General characteristics
Type: Frigate
  • 3,100 tons standard
  • 3,350 tons full load
  • 116.7 metres (383 ft) (F244, F245)
  • 118.0 metres (387.1 ft) (F246, F247)
Beam: 14.8 metres (49 ft)
Draught: 4.25 metres (13.9 ft)
  • 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph) on gas turbine
  • 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) on diesel only
Range: 4,100 nautical miles (7,600 km; 4,700 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement: 24 officers, 156 enlisted men
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar
  • Decca 2040 BT
  • AWS-9
  • HSA D08
  • HSA STIR -24, HSA STIR 18
  • Sonar
  • SQS-56
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Racal Cutlass, Racal Scorpion, Mk 36 decoy
Aircraft carried: 1 × S-70B Seahawk or AB 212 ASW helicopters
Aviation facilities: Hangar and platform

The Barbaros-class frigates[2] are among the most modern frigates in the Turkish Navy. They were designed in Germany and are part of the MEKO group of modular warships, in this case the MEKO 200 design. Two ships were built in Germany and two in Turkey with German assistance. They are larger than the previous Yavuz-class frigates and are also faster due to using CODOG machinery rather than pure diesels.

The first two vessels (F-244 and F-245) are defined as the Barbaros class (MEKO 200 TN Track II-A) while the last two vessels (F-246 and F-247) are defined as the Salih Reis class (MEKO 200 TN Track II-B) by the Turkish Navy. The two vessels of the Salih Reis class were fitted with the Mk.41 VLS, while the Sea Sparrow launchers on the older Barbaros-class vessels are currently being replaced with Mk.41 VLS, which is capable of launching Evolved Sea Sparrow (ESSM) missiles.[1]

Modernization projects[edit]

On 3 April 2018 a contract was signed between Aselsan - Havelsan Joint Venture and the secretariat for Defense Industry (SSM) regarding the Barbaros Class Frigate mid-life modernization project[3][4]. Two of the frigates of the class have already received two 8-cell Mk41 vertical launcher system (VLS) modules, which replaced the obsolete MK29 Sea Sparrow launchers. Additionally the old AWS-9 3D air search radars has been replaced by modern Thales SMART-S Mk2 3D radars[5][6].

Ships of the class[edit]

Ship[7] Namesake Builder Launched Commissioned Status
TCG Barbaros (F-244) Hayreddin Barbarossa Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 29 September 1993 23 May 1997 In service 2018
TCG Oruçreis (F-245) Oruç Reis Gölcük Naval Shipyard, Kocaeli 28 July 1994 23 May 1997 In service 2018
TCG Salihreis (F-246) Salih Reis Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 26 September 1997 22 July 1998 In service 2018
TCG Kemalreis (F-247) Kemal Reis Gölcük Naval Shipyard, Kocaeli 22 July 1998 8 June 2000 In service 2018

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