The Turkish navy will receive the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, TCG Anadolu, next year.
“Our naval forces will get the TCG Anadolu, Turkey’s largest domestically-built warship, in 2020,” said İsmail Demir, chairman of the Defense Industry Presidency (SSB).
A consortium of Istanbul's Sedef Shipyard and Spanish Navantia won the tender for the LPD/LHD (Landing Platform Dock/ Landing Helicopter Dock) project of the Turkish Navy in 2015. TCG Anadolu (L-408) is said to have the same design as that of the Spain’s SPS Juan Carlos I (L-61) multipurpose amphibious assault ship-aircraft carrier.
The 232-meter-wide giant ship will be capable of moving 9,000 miles (14,500 kilometers) without refueling. It will carry four mechanized, two air-cushioned and two personnel landing vehicles, as well as aircraft, helicopters and drones. The boat will have a displacement of about 27,000 tons.
The ship will feature a Turkish combat management system, namely the GENESIS-ADVENT, which will be integrated by Aselsan and Havelsan. Aircraft Landing is assisted by Leonardo SPN-720 Precision Approach Radar.