Turkmenistan has quietly made the first moves in its attempt to build a new navy, contracting with Turkish shipyard Dearsan for two new fast patrol boats.
Not too much has been published about the deal, but this article in Hurriyet says the contract is for 55 million Euros. Some details of the ship are available here: it has a displacement of 400 tons and a 40 mm gun made by Italian company Oto Melara.
Neither Dearsan nor Turkmenistan seem to have done anything to publicize this news, which suggests it's going to continue to be difficult to keep up with Turkmenistan's military modernization. But it appears it's serious.
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