The delivery date of the Turkish Navy's first domestic and national intelligence ship A591 TCG UFUK has been postponed.
The Sea Acceptance Tests (SAT) of the Test and Training Ship TCG Ufuk, whose equipment activities for Signal Intelligence (SIGINT & ELINT) capabilities are continuing, continue. It was previously stated that the A591 TCG UFUK intelligence ship will be delivered to the Turkish Navy on 31 July 2020. Finally, in the statement made by the President, emphasizing the sea acceptance test was interpreted as the delivery date of TCG UFUK to the Turkish Naval Forces.
According to information obtained by Defense Turk, the delivery date of TCG UFUK, which is planned to be delivered to the Turkish Navy on July 19, 31 under normal conditions due to the outbreak of COVID-2020, was postponed. There is no clear statement regarding the new deadline. It was also stated that the postponement in question was not a long process and that the studies for the delivery of TCG UFUK to the Turkish Navy in the near future are continuing.
“We increased the technological capacity of MIT”
President Erdoğan, in his speech at the opening of the New Service Building of the National Intelligence Agency Istanbul Regional Directorate; Stating that they have increased the technological capacity of MIT, improved their physical conditions and strengthened the legal legislation of the organization, President Erdoğan said, “Thanks to our investments in this framework, many new organizations such as UAV, SİHA, intelligence ship, intelligence aircraft, satellite It gained technical capability and covered a distance in making the invisible visible. We have become a country in which many states request support by turning technical intelligence into a main area, especially as a side factor. ”
Turkish Intelligence Ship TCG UFUK
The Test and Training Ship “TCG Ufuk A-591”, which was designed through the MİLGEM Project Island Class Corvet platform to meet the needs of the Turkish Navy for the SIGINT platform, was launched on February 9, 2019.
A contract was signed with Istanbul Shipyard (Istanbul Shipyard) in 2017 for the production of the ship designed by STM. On May 15, 2017, the contract for 4 × 750 kVA power generators, which will be used in Test and Training Ship (TVEG), was signed between STM and İŞBİR. The ship's mission systems are supplied by Aselsan.
The assembly of the ship, which was manufactured in 30 blocks by the Istanbul Maritime Shipyard, on the sled including the upper building and poles was completed on 24 July 2018. Approximately 920 tons of sheet metal, 12,5 tons of aluminum, 6 thousand 340 meters of pipes were processed and brought together for the ship. The test ship, the first source of which was made on May 2, 2017, officially named A-591 board number and Ufuk, is planned to be delivered on July 31, 2020. A-591 Horizon Corps will be an important factor in increasing the capacity of the national intelligence system.
The Test and Training Ship A-591 will be used as the Horizon Intelligence Ship (SIGINT & ELINT). TCG Ufuk has a length of 99,5 meters, a maximum width of 14,4 meters, a draft of 3,6 meters and a displacement of 2400 tons. With a total power of approximately 8600 kWh, it can reach a maximum speed of 18+ knots. Having a 10-ton helipad, A-591 Horizon is capable of uninterrupted cruising for 45 days, including international waters, in severe climate and sea conditions.
Many questions are asked about why the ship does not have conventional weapons systems on social media. Since TCG Ufuk is for intelligence purposes, it also does not have weapon systems in order not to be perceived as a threat. There are no conventional weapon systems in their counterparts in modern navies. The main weapon systems of intelligence ships are the equipment they have.