In view of the statement made at the 10th Naval Systems Seminar, the Test and Training Ship A591 UFUK is planned to be delivered in November. Previously stated that the A-591 TCG Ufuk intelligence ship is planned to be delivered to the Turkish Navy Forces on July 31, 2020. Recently, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the Test and Training ship Ufuk would be delivered to the Navy Forces at the end of 2020.
Turkish Intelligence Ship: TCG UFUK
The Test and Training Ship “TCG Ufuk A-591” is designed on the MİLGEM Project Ada-Class Corvette platform to meet the requirement of the Turkish Naval Forces for the SIGINT platform, was launched on February 9, 2019.
An agreement was signed with İstanbul Shipyard to produce the ship designed by STM, in 2017. STM signed an agreement with İŞBİR for 4 × 750 kVA generators to be used on the Test and Training Ship (TVEG) on May 15, 2017. The mission systems of the ship are supplied by ASELSAN.
The assembly of the ship that was manufactured in 30 blocks by the Istanbul Maritime Shipyard, including the superstructure and masts on the slipway, was completed on July 24, 2018. Approximately 920 tons of sheet metal, 12, 5 tons of aluminium, 6,340 meters of pipes were processed and assembled for the ship. The steel-cutting ceremony of the ship was held on May 2, 2017, and it was labelled with the official bow number A-591, called Ufuk. A-591 Ufuk Corvette will be an important factor in increasing the capacity of the national intelligence system.
The Test and Training Ship will be used as A-591 Horizon Intelligence Ship (SIGINT & ELINT). TCG Ufuk has a length of 99, 5 meters, a maximum width of 14, 4 meters, 3, 6 meters of draught and 2400 tons of displacement. With a total power of approximately 8600 kWh, 18+ knots it can reach maximum speed. The A-591 Ufuk has a 10-ton of a helicopter pad, has the capacity to cruise continuously for 45 days, also in international waters, under severe climates and sea conditions.
Many questions are asked about why the ship does not have conventional weapons systems on social media. Since TCG Ufuk is designed for intelligence activities, 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 that they have.