TNS Deniz Han (C-92) is a relatively new, all-modern, guided-missile corvette in service with Turkmenistan Naval Forces. The type is the result of a joint-venture between the countries of Turkmenistan and growing defense powerhouse Turkey as the service attempts to modernize its at-sea capabilities. The corvette adds considerable value to the branch, outfitted with a bevy of sensors, processing systems, and weaponry to meet most any naval threat and joins a pair of aging, Soviet-era Molniya-class corvettes already in service.
The vessel was commissioned into service on August 11th, 2021 with construction handled by Gulhan and Dearsan shipyards of the two countries.
As a multi-faceted corvette design, the warship can take on operations in Blue Water and littoral environments in support of allied naval or inland ground forces. Its primary role is that of airspace deterrence with secondary capabilities integrated to cover Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) as well as anti-ship duties.
To fulfill its battlefield role, the vessel carries a broad range of ballistic-, missile-, and torpedo-minded weaponry: the armament suite is led by 1 x 76mm Leonardo "Super Rapid Gun" (SRG) in a protected turreted deck gun position over the forecastle. 1 x 8-cell MBDA Otomat Mk 2 launcher provides a ranged anti-ship missile capability while 1 x 16-cell Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher can engage short-ranged aerial threats as needed. Smaller-caliber ballistic measures include 1 x 35mm ASELSAN "Gokdeniz" Close-in Weapon System (CIWS), 2 x 25mm ASELSAN STOP Remote Weapon Station (RWS), and 2 x 12.7mm ASELSAN STAMP RWS. There are 6 x ROKETSAN Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC) launchers and 2 x Triple-tubed torpedo launchers to neutralize undersea threats. This collection of weaponry is notably broad, allowing the single warship to provide solutions to various problems that may be encountered on the high seas.
Other supporting equipment fits common to modern fighter vessels, such as a towed sonar array and hull-mounted sonar, make up part of the ship's ability to hunt enemy submarines. Complete air-search / surface-search radar equipment allows for search, tracking, and engagement of enemy air and surface threats.
Structurally, the ship has a running length of 300 feet and a beam measuring 47 feet. Aboard is a crew complement of 100 personnel.
Design lines provide Turkmenistan with a sleek, "stealth-centric" warship as protrusions are all kept to a minimum. The forecastle showcases the single turreted deck gun given excellent firing arcs and angles. The Vertical Launch System (VLS) is embedded just aft of the turret and ahead of the stepped bridge section atop the hull superstructure. The main mast is of the enclosed type and mounts all manner of communications, sensors, and processing systems needed of a modern warship. A secondary mast is featured just aft of midships and the hull superstructure steps down to the single-helicopter landing area with integrated hangar facility. Beyond its rotary-wing support, the warship also has provision for the launching and retrieval of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) - either rotorcraft types or fixed-wing, recoverable models.
Internally, power comes from 4 x MAN 18VP185 marine diesel turbines driving 2 x Shafts astern. This gives the vessel a top ocean-going speed of 26 knots in ideal conditions and a range out to 3,000 nautical miles.
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August 2022 - Turkmenistan has acquired the Boeing Insitu ScanEagle 2 UAV product to operate from the deck of the Deniz Han guided-missile corvette.
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