ANKARA, (BM) – The Turkish military conducted a successful test launch of the latest Atmaca cruise missile (Atmaca, Hawk), developed by the national industry to destroy surface and land targets, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Navy Recognition magazine.
According to Navy Recognition with reference to the head of the Turkish defense industry secretariat Ismail Demir, the new ammunition can be included in the arsenal of patrol boats, corvettes and frigates.
Navy Recognition notes that Turkish company Roketsan signed a contract to develop the Atmaca anti-ship cruise missile in 2009. In November 2019, the Turkish Navy completed the first test launch in the Black Sea with the Ada-class Kınalıada corvette.
According to Roketsan, the Atmaka is a subsonic anti-ship missile with an extremely low altitude above the sea. The range of its application should reach 360 km. The novelty is equipped with a high-explosive fragmentation warhead weighing 250 kg.
An all-weather rocket is highly resistant to electronic suppression. Designed to hit targets in open and coastal waters, as well as objects on the shore.
The missile control system was created by the Turkish company Aselsan. It includes a global positioning system (GPS), an inertial navigation system, subsystems of a barometric altimeter and a radar altimeter for aiming at a target.
It is assumed that Atmaka missiles will be equipped with the latest Turkish Navy ships – Ada class corvettes and TF2000 project frigates, the first of which, Istanbul, began to be built in 2017.
Turkey Will Use Its S-400 Missile Defense Systems, Minister Said
Turkey will use the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems purchased by Russia and they will function to guarantee national territorial security, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told reporters told reporters on November 23 last year.
According to the Turkish Defense Minister, Turkish troops are currently learning how to operate and use the S-400 air defense system, after which Turkey will proceed with planned actions to include the S-400 in the country’s defense.
We remind you that Turkey is the first NATO member to buy these air defense systems. So far, only Greece has S-300 air defense systems, but they are an old version and purchased decades ago.
Turkey’s decision to buy Russia’s S-400 air defense systems has generated thousands of comments and analyzes over the past year. The US has repeatedly threatened Turkey with economic sanctions.
Subsequently, the US decided to exclude Turkey from the F-35 program. So far, around 900 parts and components for the American fighter have been manufactured in Turkey.
However, Erdogan has repeatedly stated that his country needs protection because of its large territory and conflicts close to the Turkish border.
Economic sanctions against Turkey for the purchase of the S-400 have been set, but so far Donald Trump has not yet implemented them.
In the middle of this year, the US tried to sell Turkey’s Patriot missile defense systems, but Erdogan refused, saying the US bid was more expensive than the Russian bid.
Azerbaijan buys the deadly Turkish Bayraktar TB2 mid-range strike UAV
Turkey has found another buyer for its shock drones. Azerbaijani source from the military industry of the country announced on June 27 that Azerbaijan plans to acquire dozens of Turkish-made armed drones.
According to Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Zakir Hasanov, “work on the acquisition of drones continues, but there are already results.” Recently, the Azerbaijani parliament approved a bill on financial assistance from Turkey, which will be used to purchase weapons systems.
The Ministry of Defense did not disclose the models of bepilots they were interested in, as well as the number of units planned for purchase. At the same time, Turkish media indicate that we are talking about the Bayraktar TB2 model, and the potential deal may include dozens of drones and weapons for them.
Bayraktar TB2 – mid-range strike UAV, designed and manufactured by the Turkish company Baykar. The development of the drone began in 2007, and two years later he made the first flight. In 2014, the developers showed the Turkish military its final version, and in March 2016 Bayraktar TB2 was officially adopted by the Turkish army.
Bayraktar TB2 can rise to a height of more than 7300 m and stay in the air for up to 24 hours. The device is able to move away from the control point at a distance of 150 km and operate in two modes (remote control or automatic mode, including independent take-off and landing). The maximum drone speed is 250 km / h, cruising speed is 130 km / h.
Turkish UAV committed a ‘real genocide’ over Russian missile systems
In June, Defense Express, citing its own sources, established that in recent years, during the military conflicts in Syria and Libya, at least 23 Russian-made Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile-cannon systems (SAM) were destroyed.
Defense Express said in May that the Bayraktar TB2 Turkish drone had staged “real genocide” as the “touted” Pantsir-S1 air defense missile system.
Then the Turkish Anadolu agency reported the destruction of nine Russian-made air defense missile systems in Libya.
In January, ImageSatIntl posted on Twitter satellite images of the nearly finished first Turkish aircraft carrier Anadolu, which is being built with the support of the Spanish company Navantia at Istanbul’s Sedef shipyard.
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