Turkish privately-controlled shipbuilder SEDEF Gemi Inşaatı has launched the building phase of TCG Anadolu landing platform dock (LPD) for the Turkish Naval Forces Command on April 30 at its shipyard located in the Tuzla District of Istanbul. The event was presided by Turkish head of State Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The ship is based on BPE (Buque de Proyección Estratégica) design of Spanish shipbuilder Navantia. SEDEF Gemi Inşaatı was awarded the contract to build the amphibious ship by the country´s armament procurement arm (SSM) in May 2015.

Turkish state-run companies Aselsan and HAVELSAN will deliver a wide range of systems for the ship.

Its self-protection suite will include Raytheon Phalanx Block 1B and Aselsan STAMP and STOP close-in weapon systems. Other major fittings include Thales Nederland SMART-S Mk 2 3D search radar and HAVELSAN GENESIS-Advent combat management system.

Turkey is the third country to select the BPE design, after Spain and Australia have purchased one and two units respectively.

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