Turkey will start the construction of a prototype ship within the scope of the domestic assault boat project.
"We will initiate the construction of a prototype ship within the scope of the Turkish-type assault boat," Ismail Demir, head of the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), said Monday.
He was speaking at a meeting about the defense industry's 2022 objectives at the headquarters of Havelsan in the capital Ankara, Daily Sabah reported.
A contract for the development of the boat was signed between Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) and STM in August 2020.
The domestically produced assault boats are expected to contribute to the protection of the country's interests in the surrounding seas with their effective maneuverability, high strike power and national systems they will carry.
The system requirements, concept selection, preliminary design and contract design activities will be carried out for the Turkish Type Assault Boats as of the end of 2022.
These boats are planned to be delivered to the navy to destroy/inactivate the enemy elements and ensure the survival of the navy's elements.
The Turkish Type Assault Boat Project is vital for the Turkish Naval Forces Command (DzKK), which actively uses gunboats, especially in the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean.