The Rise of Turkish Naval Industry
When Pakistan built a 17,000-ton fleet tanker in collaboration with the Turkish defense company STM and when it agreed in 2018 to purchase four corvette warships from Turkey, the deals were a way for the country to bolster its navy. In addition, they were a way for Pakistan to demonstrate its interest in strengthening its maritime capabilities.
But the moves also displayed the evolution of Turkeys military shipbuilding industry and technological capacity.
More recently, when countries around the world have sought to enhance their maritime forces, they have often found a partner in Turkey. The country has exported more than 130 military ships to nations that include Malaysia, Georgia, Egypt, Indonesia, Qatar and Turkmenistan.
Today, our industry produces high-tech and highly capable products, said Naki Polat, president of Turkeys Defense and Aerospace Industry Exporters' Association, known as SSI. When we examine the ships produced by the Turkish Naval Forces in recent years, the activities are carried out for almost all kinds of surface and underwater elements. This design diversity shows Turkeys determination to design, develop and produce all kinds of modern and highly capable warships.
A history of (modern) shipbuilding
Turkeys Navy and Coast Guard forces operate more than 300 ships, with more than 230 built by military and civilian commercial shipyards from throughout the country. This figure includes submarines, frigates, corvettes and amphibious assault vessels and repr....