Turkey tested SAM HISAR O+ with IR homing missile seeker
ANKARA, ($1=11.88 Turkish Liras) – The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the successful completion of tests of the latest medium-range anti-aircraft missile system HISAR O +, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Turkish web portal Daily Sabah.
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The tests took place on December 24 this year, during which the anti-aircraft ground-to-air missile system HISAR O + successfully shot down a conditional target aircraft.
As BulgarianMilitary.com reported earlier in its publications, HİSAR O + is an improved version of the HISAR-O short-range system. HİSAR O + can hit targets at a distance of up to 25 kilometers and an altitude of up to 20 kilometers. More information on the technical characteristics of the new anti-aircraft missile system has not been shared by Ankara. Serial production of this complex began in July 2021 and was announced by the Turkish Defense Industry President Ismail Demir.
“Mass production agreement of HISAR-O + has been signed with our Presidency and business partnership between ASELSAN-Roketsan. The deliveries under the contract are planned to be realized by 2024 ”, Demir said on July 19 this year.
The HİSAR O + complex consists of a command post, radar, three launchers (six missiles each), a machine with an optical and thermal imaging station, and a machine for receiving data from AWACS aircraft.
This number of specialized vehicles in the complex is because the HISAR O missile does not have an active radar head for self-targeting. Instead, the Infrared homing missile seeker is used, which allows you to work without irradiating the target. This significantly increases the secretion of the complex.
The infrared targeting used by the Turkish air defense system has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages of the IR HMS is that during the flight, the missile does not indicate that it is tracking the target, as it does not have radar targeting. However, the advantage of missiles with such targeting is that they are very suitable for rapid attacks on moving air targets.
Turkey is expected to continue developing Hissar anti-aircraft systems in the coming years. HİSAR-RF is the system that Ankara is currently working on. Unlike its predecessors, this system will have active radar targeting and infrared search. According to Turkish sources, HİSAR-RF will have a wider scope. Turkey has conducted the first test of this missile system a year ago.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that last year during the fighting in Libya, the Turkish side had decided to deploy its Hissar A + anti-aircraft systems in Libya, thus protecting Turkish military bases, equipment, and soldiers there. It was later unclear whether Ankara had fulfilled that intention, but satellite images showed the deployment of another Turkish air defense system, Korkut.
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