Turkey’s Kaplan missile system will protect the skies over Bangladesh

DHAKA, BM, ($1=85.22 Takas) – In March this year, Bangladesh announced its intention to acquire Turkey’s TRG-300 Kaplan multi-missile system. At the time, Bangladesh Army Chief of Staff Aziz Ahmed said talks between the two countries were over, and Ankara should deliver the systems in June this year. After publications in Bangladeshi media, it became clear yesterday that the systems have already been delivered to the territory of the Asian country.

Turkey's Kaplan missile system will protect the skies over Bangladesh
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TRG-300 Kaplan is a Turkish 300 mm multiple launch rocket system developed by the Turkish company Roketsan. The Kaplan system bases on a universal launcher adapted to the use of rockets of different caliber and applications. A similar concept was used in the Israeli IMI Lynx system or Poland in the Homar program.

TRG Kaplan can use 122 mm, 230 mm, and 300 mm missiles and 610 mm Bora ballistic missiles. These rocket variations mean that it is suitable for both Russian (BM-21 and BM-30) and Western (MLRS / HIMARS) ammunition, but mainly a wide range of Turkish missiles, both in unguided and guided versions.

On September 1st last year, the Turkish military also demonstrated the autonomous mode of the TRG-300 Kaplan after a Turkish drone Bayraktar TB2 laser-labeled a “suspected enemy target,” and the TRG-300 Kaplan accepted the target and aimed itself, followed by a missile launch. The rocket defeated the target successfully.

Specifically for the armament of TRG-300 Kaplan, we can say that the Turkish system offers two versions of the missiles – Block 1 with a weight of 585 kg and a range of 120 km and Block 2, which has a significant improvement of the warhead and a range of just over 190 km. Both missiles have global positioning systems, making them controllable and with an accuracy of up to 10 m.

The media in Bangladesh claim that the missile systems received from Ankara are on the 6×6 KamAZ 65224 chassis, which is made in Russia. This information means that the missile system is powering by a four-stroke VAZ diesel engine KamAZ-740.632-400 and a manual transmission. The data from the media in Bangladesh bases on published photos during the transportation of the Turkish missile system to a military base in the Asian country. It assumes that the maximum speed of the entire missile kit is 90 km / h.


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