ANKARA - Turkey and Germany have signed an agreement to build six high-tech submarines for the Turkish Naval Forces, Anatolian news agency reported.
The total value of the deal was not released but it would hover around $3.5 billion (2.5 billion euro). The deal covers six Class-214 air-independent propulsion submarines, which are enabled to remain submerged for weeks, by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH, a part of the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipbuilding group.
The new class submarines will significantly improve the capability of the Turkish Naval Forces to undertake longer under water operations. Defense Industries Undersecretariat has said the submarines would be co-produced with maximum local content at Gölcük Naval Shipyard in Kocaeli, Turkey.
Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül stated that Turkish industrial participation in the project would be worth around 80 percent of the total value of the deal. "The new national defense deal will boost the efficiency and deterrence of the Turkish Navy, which is a key figure for the regional peace and stability. Like yesterday, a naval force today is one of the most important requirements to becoming a regional and global power in the world," he said.
As the Turkish Type 214 will have a significant amount of Turkish indigenous systems on board, this variant of the Type 214 will have T and N acronyms for the Turkish Navy.
Howaldtswerke-Deutsche will pre-assemble structural and mechanical parts or classified elements such as the fuel cells and propulsion system of the submarine in Germany and will then ship them to Turkey. All electronic and weapon systems, including sensors, communications, and data processing systems, will be of Turkish design and production.