Turkey’s Naval Forces Command will receive the country’s first domestically developed intelligence collection ship A-591 Ufuk on January 14.
The delivery ceremony to be held in Istanbul Shipyard is expected to be attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, local media reported.
The 99.5m-long A-591 Ufuk corvette was launched by manufacturer STM in February 2019. It was developed as part of the broader domestic ship design and development project MILGEM (National Ship) – under the scope of which four corvettes were delivered to the navy and a frigate was launched.
The vessel is tailored to be used in signal and electronic intelligence missions (SIGINT/ELINT) as well as meeting the test and training vessel requirements of the Turkish navy.
Aselsan has fitted the Ufuk with command control, electronic systems, test and training system equipment.