Turkey tests indigenous air defense missile system



Turkey announced on Saturday the test firing of its locally developed Siper air defense missile system.

The Siper is part of Turkey’s “long-range, multi-layered national air defense system” being developed to protect “strategic installations” and is expected to enter service in 2023.

TRT World cited the head of the Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries, Ismail Demir, as saying the country will have “up to six different multi-layered air defense systems in a few years.”

The Siper project

Project Siper, full name Enhanced Long Range Area Air and Missile Defense System, was spear in 2016 to meet the Turkish Air Force’s “long-range air and missile defense need” through local solutions.

The project manager is Aselsan, while Roketsan and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey are subcontractors.

According to Defense Turkey, the system, including a K-band radio frequency finder, can intercept a ballistic missile at an altitude of 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) and above. The system’s interception range increases to 70-90 kilometers (43-56 miles) against “air-breathing targets” such as fighters, drones and cruise missiles, the newspaper wrote, citing the Turkish Ministry of Defense.

Additional air defense systems

Turkey has already started mass production of its Korkut air defense system, while the pedestal-mounted Sungur air defense system developed by Roketsan will soon be commissioned and integrated into land, air and sea platforms.

The country has also started producing Hisar air defense systems that include Hisar-A and Hisar-O missiles with a range of 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) and 25 kilometers (15.5 miles), respectively. The improved version of Hisar-O, Hisar-O +, was tested in March.

All three systems, along with Siper, are part of the country’s “layered air defense system”.



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