20 February 2014 Kate Tringham, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
Turkey expects to pick up the pace on its next-generation TF-2000 anti-air warfare frigate programme in the second half of 2014 with the launch of Phase 1 design studies.
Progress on the programme has been effectively stalled since a feasibility study for TF-2000 was completed by the Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) in 2010. However, Mustafa Seker, head of the SSM's naval systems department, told IHS Jane's that the design process was now set to move forward following a long-awaited green light from the SSM's executive committee in late 2013.
"We have now got the necessary decision to start the TF-2000 Phase 1," he said.