Turkey and Pakistan forge ahead in air-to-air missile advancements

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Turkey‘s second Chief of General Staff, General Irfan Yossert, accompanied by his delegation, visited the Pakistan Air Force Command. The visit highlighted a certain technological partnership between the two nations, particularly in the area of air-to-air missiles

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During this respectful visit, General Irfan Yossert, along with his delegation, met with Pakistan Air Force’s Chief Marshal, Zahir Ahmed Baber Sidhu. They engaged in a substantial dialogue centered on enhancing military cooperation between their respective countries. 

The discussion led to a mutual agreement to augment the existing partnership. This included development through collaborative groups focused on technological advancement, as well as, the exchange of principal capabilities.

Missile technology exchange program

The Pakistan Air Force has shed light on the ongoing discussions regarding the continuation of the air-to-air missile technology exchange program. This initiative aims to bring maximum benefits to the air forces of both involved nations. 

The enhancement of existing collaborative efforts has been mutually agreed upon. They have decided to strengthen their cooperation on various levels – nation to nation, corporation to corporation, and military authorities to the Air Force. 

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Turkey and Pakistan consistently focus on expanding their defense industry cooperation. Currently, with Asphat A.Şr serving as the primary contractor, construction activities for the four Milgem Corvettes, allocated for the Pakistan Navy, are in full swing. The maiden ship, christened as PNS Babur, was recently handed over.

Project Goktug

On December 14, 2012, a watershed moment occurred when the Ministry of National Defense for Research and Development and Tubitak Sage signed a pivotal agreement concerning the Goktug project. The signed deal focused specifically on the air-to-air missile requirements of the Turkish Air Force. In November 2016, the project was subsequently handed over to the SSB. 

The current Goktug project contract stipulates a plan for leading the design and development of the missile. This endeavor aims to realize two distinct configurations for F-16 PO-I aircraft: In-Visibility and Beyond-Visibility. Following this, the path then leads to the missile’s qualification. Post qualification, the first batches of ammunition for testing would be delivered, thereby marking the completion of the project’s lifecycle.

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Bozdogan WVRAAM

The Bozdogan is a cutting-edge In-Sight air-to-air missile, designed to rival the American AIM-9X. It boasts a high-resolution infrared [IIR] seeker head, assuring a wide field of view, and has a robust defense against electronic warfare systems. 

Capable of covering a distance of approximately 25 kilometers, the streamlined Bozdogan can achieve a remarkable speed of Mach 3, three times the speed of sound. Its advanced features include high maneuverability, thanks to its vector control, and an IIR warhead for potential engagement with even cruise missiles

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The development of the Bozdogan involved rigorous flutter tests beginning in April 2019. This was a joint effort between Tubitak Sage and the 401st Fleet Test Command. An impressive success was recorded in November 2019 when a test missile, fired from a grounded F-16, annihilated a high-speed unmanned aerial vehicle hovering 4 kilometers above. The end goal? The Turkish Air Force Command plans to replace its AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles with the superior Bozdogan.

Gokdogan BVRAAM

Have you ever wondered about the equivalent of the US-made AIM-120 AMRAAM? Meet the Gokdogan, a highly advanced air-to-air missile. Built with solid-state construction and an active radar [AR] seeker, the Gokdogan offers capabilities that are a step beyond typical. It possesses the power to lock onto multiple targets, initiate firings from any direction, and even forget about locked-on targets after initiating the firing sequence. 

What makes this missile even more remarkable? It’s designed to withstand radio-electronic warfare. The Gokdogan ensures the source of interference becomes your target. Additionally, with an impressive range of approximately 65 kilometers, it’s important to note that it can update targets, thanks to a functional data link.

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