“We will soon announce a tender fort he TF-2000. We do not stipulate whether it is civilian, military or shipyard,” Ismail Demir told the reporters.
His remarks came after the International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF), which was held between Aug. 17 and 20 in Istanbul.
Demir said TF-2000 project was not suspended, and the tender procedure will be conducted after evaluating the bids.
Within the scope of national MILGEM project, Turkey aims to use local companies to develop indigenous products, and improve national military shipbuilding capacity and skills.
The MILGEM project covers four Ada class anti-submarine warfare corvettes and one ELINT corvette, four Istanbul class multipurpose frigates and TF2000 class anti-air warfare destroyers destined for the Turkish Navy, four Babur-class corvettes for the Pakistan Navy.
A total of 8,500 tons of TF-2000 destroyer will have a length of 166 meters with a beam of 21.5 meters, and a draft of 5.4 meters.
The first TF-2000 class destroyer is expected to be put into service in 2027.