Sungur MANPADS air defense missile system enters service with the Turkish Armed Forces | Defense News July 2022 Global Security Army Industry | Defense Security world news army industry year 2022

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According to Yusuf Çetiner on ovetdefense.com, Ismail Demir, Chairman of SSB (Turkish Defense Industry Presidency), announced on July 24 that Sungur, the first man-portable air defense system (MANPADS), developed as part of the portable air defense system The missile defense system project carried out by Roketsan has entered the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces.
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Test firing of Sungur MANPADS developed by Roketsan (Image source: SSB/Turkish Defense Industry Presidency)


SSB Chairman Ismail Demir said on his Twitter account that: “Our man-portable air defense missile system, Sungur, is in service with the Turkish military with a version that can be shoulder-launched by a single soldier after the (version that can be launched from various) platforms.We delivered the first batch of the Sungur weapon system, which is effective against drones, jet planes and helicopters, to TAF.

The Sungur MANPADS was developed under the Portable Air Defense Missile System Project, which was launched by Roketsan in 2013 under the guidance of the Turkish Defense Industry Presidency, to replace the US-made United. FIM-92B/C Dart missiles in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces. Sungur is a fourth-generation MANPADS designed for short-range air defense of mobile/fixed units and installations on the battlefield and in the rear area.

Sungur, which includes an IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) system, is fire-and-forget. It can be integrated with Aselsan Air Defense Command Early Warning and Control System (HERIKKS-6). It has a maximum range of 8 km and a maximum altitude of 4,000 m+. Its missile is said to be capable of reaching speeds of 2.2+ Mach, like the Stinger, but no official confirmation has yet been released.


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Sungur MANPADS developed by Roketsan (Image source: SSB/Turkish Defense Industry Presidency)


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