Turkey tested its own 76-mm naval gun drive-by domestic electronics [video]
ANKARA, ($1=13.71 Turkish Liras) – Turkey is systematically combining public and private sector efforts to reduce its dependence on imports of naval weapons systems, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Turkish President’s statement.
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Turkish Corporation of Mechanical and Chemical Industry MKE A.Ş. [MAKİNE ve KİMYA ENDÜSTRİSİ A.Ş; Machinery Chemical Industry], controlled by the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Turkey, tested a 76-mm naval gun. This was reported by Turkish media.
The tests took place in the presence of Defense Minister Hulusi Akara. Turkish President Tayyip Recep Tayyip Erdogan also responded to the event by praising the project to develop a domestic naval artillery installation, which took place against the backdrop of procurement restrictions currently being felt in Turkey.
This time the fire tests took place at the Karapinar test site in the Turkish province of Konya. They were watched by Turkish National Defense Minister General Hulusi Akar, Turkish Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Yasar Guler, Turkish Army Commander General Musa Ausever, Turkish Navy Commander Admiral Adnan Ozbal, and Turkish Air Force Commander General Hassan.
The shootings took place on land as part of a test process. The cannon was fired ten times in seven seconds. This gun will be used to fire in bursts, so these tests are more important than previous tests, which first took place on November 8 this year.
This domestic naval artillery installation, equipped with a Turkish electronic fire control system, is to strengthen Turkey’s navy.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a video address to participants in the Marine Artillery Systems Development Program, led by MKE A.G., expressed hope for the success of fire tests of new systems, emphasizing that naval artillery is an important component of each country’s naval power conflicts. “Our country, in particular, has recently faced serious challenges in purchasing defense products. This applies to both prices and delivery times. Official embargoes and tacit restrictions are involved,” the president said.
Erdogan noted that as part of initiatives aimed at minimizing dependence on imports of defense products, Turkey’s defense industry about a year ago included naval artillery in the list of developments. “Turkey seeks to eliminate its dependence on the purchase of naval artillery complexes,” the Turkish president said.
The President of Turkey also called the project to develop a naval artillery installation another successful manifestation of cooperation between the public and private defense sectors.
“Thanks to the joint efforts of the General Directorate of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Industry of Turkey, Defense Shipyards and companies İğrek Makine, ANZATSAN Mühendislik, ERMAKSAN Teknoloji, our country has achieved great success. Work has been carried out under the auspices of a record short period of 12 months,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
He also stressed that Turkey is one of the few countries that can produce such weapons.
“The range of the ship’s cannon is 16 km. Our fleet has become stronger thanks to the new weapons, which can make 80 shots per minute in 5 different firing modes,” said the Turkish president.
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