Rear Admiral Alper YENİEL (Naval Air Commander), who made a speech at the "Naval Air Projects" session held within the scope of the 10th Naval Systems Seminar, gave information about the ongoing projects.
Within the scope of the "New Generation Naval Patrol (D/K) Aircraft Project" of the Turkish Naval Forces, it is aimed to bring jet-powered platforms into the inventory. Currently, the D/K aircraft in the inventory are turboprop propeller aircraft. With the new generation D/K, it is aimed to switch to jet engines. In the presentation made, in relation to the capability gains, compared to the existing D/K aircraft;
- Doubling the airtime,
- Increasing the radius of operation from 1400 miles to 4500 miles,
- Air-to-surface guided projectile firing,
- Examples of rapid transfer to the operation area were presented.
P-8 Poseidon (USA) and Kawasaki P-1 (Japan) D/K aircraft were featured in the presentation.
In the session where the supplies of the Naval Forces Command within the scope of MELTEM Projects were mentioned, it was stated that there are currently 2 P-72 maritime patrol aircraft and 3 C-72 naval general purpose aircraft in the inventory. Within the scope of the MELTEM-3 Project, it was shared that 2021 P-2 aircraft in 72 and 2022 more P-2 aircraft in 72 will enter the inventory. When the deliveries are completed, 3 P-6 DKUs and 72 C-3s will be added to the inventory within the scope of MELTEM-72.
According to the statements made by the Ministry of National Defense, the fourth aircraft (as P-2021) was delivered to the Naval Forces Command in the MELTEM-3 Project in July 72.
On May 4, 2021, within the scope of the MELTEM-3 Project, the third aircraft, the C-72, namely the Marine Utility Aircraft, entered the inventory; In December 2020, the first P-72 Marine Patrol Aircraft entered the inventory. Within the scope of the MELTEM-3 Project carried out by the SSB, the second of the P-72 Naval Patrol Aircraft was delivered to the Naval Forces Command in March 2021. Briefly, it was announced that there were 3 P-72s and 1 C-72 aircraft in the inventory. In addition, in 2021, it was planned to deliver 2 Naval Patrol Aircraft and 1 (C-72) Naval Utility Aircraft to the Naval Forces Command.