An artist's rendering of a Turkish-type assault boat. (RMK Marine)
ANKARA — Turkey’s procurement authorities have launched a new competition to acquire 10 new assault boats, a program dubbed the “Turkish-type assault boat,” officials here said.
They said an official request for information for the contract was issued at the end of July.
“This will be a major contest for mostly local shipyards but there will be a foreign contest, too,” one official said on Monday. “The design and manufacturing will be local, hence the tag ‘Turkish-type assault boat.’”
Industry sources estimate the contract price at around US $600 million. They expect competition among local shipyards RMK Marine, Yonca-Onuk, Dearsan and Istanbul Shipyards.
The program will be managed by STM, a government-owned defense industry engineering and consultation company. STM, under authorization from the procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, had carried out feasibility studies for the assault boat program from 2008 to 2010.
Under the plan, local shipyards will compete for the design and manufacturing work. State-owned defense companies Aselsan and Havelsan will compete for the warfare system and state-owned missile-maker Roketsan will produce the weapons systems.
Foreign companies will be asked to bid for main propulsion and steering systems.
The deadline to reply to the request for information is Sept. 13.