ADIK Shipyard Launched First Five LCTs for Turkish Navy
In 2007, Under-secretariat for Defence Industries (UDI), submitted a Request for Proposal for 8 LCTs. These new vessels were to be built in Turkey and had to be fast. From the four companies that submitted to the tender, ADİK shipyard was chosen. In June 2009, a contract was signed between UDI and ADİK for the production of the ships.
The exact value of the contract was not made public but it is estimated to be around 100 million EUR. The Ship is a mono-hull type vessel, all steel construction, designed to meet the speed, sea keeping maneuverability and stability requirements of Turkish Naval Forces Command. The expected service life will be 30 years.
The first ship Ç-151 was launched in October 2010. The second ship Ç-152was launched in March 2011. As of March 2012 the first five vessels have been launched. The construction of the remaining three is continuing.
According to ADIK press release each ship has over 7 kilometers of inox piping and over 50 kilometers of cabling. It took on average 400 days to construct one LCT. The LCT’s are 80 meters long. When loaded their speed can be up to 18,5 knots. Unloaded they can reach 20 knots.
Specifications for the LCT’s:
Length o.a: 79,85m
Beam: 11,70 m
Displacement 1155 tons full load
Range: 400 nm / 16 kts
Propulsion: 2 x 2320 kW
Cargo: 320 tons / 250 troops
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, March 13, 2012; Image: adik