First Turkish sea missile set for mass production
Indigenous surface-to-surface guided missile meant to boost sea-based deterrence, says defense industries authority
By Goksel Yildirim
Turkey's first indigenous sea missile is ready for mass production, the Turkish Defense Industries Presidency (SSB) announced on Friday.
The Atmaca surface-to-surface guided missile is meant to bolster sea-based deterrence, the SSB said in a statement.
The agreement for mass production of the missile was signed between the SSB and missile producer Roketsan, it added.
Under the agreement, the equipment and spare parts for the missile’s fire control system will be produced by leading Turkish defense company Aselsan.
The Atmaca project was launched to meet the need for naval cruise missiles to be deployed in the Turkish Naval Forces MILGEM national warship program.
The MILGEM -- Turkey's first indigenous warship program -- was realized with over 65 percent domestic industry participation, with more than 50 domestic companies contributing to the project, according to the SSB.
* Jeyhun Aliyev contributed to this story from Ankara
Turkey's Atmaca [Hawk] anti-ship missile will start to be produced and put into service by the Turkish Navy in 2018 (it is expected to equip the MILGEM Corvettes and Oliver Hazard Perry Frigates). ATMACA anti-ship missile was tested for the first time in late 2017. Serial production of the Atmaca is scheduled to begin in 2018. The anti-ship guided missile was developed by Roketsan. The Turkish Defence Industries Underecretariat (SSM) signed a contract in 2009 on the research and development phase of the Atmaca project, with Roketsan as the prime contractor. The work on ATMACA started after the signing of the contract with ROKETSAN in 2009 as a result of long-running work at the Naval Forces Command Research Center Command (ARMERKOM).
Atmaca has similar capabilities to the Exocet (France), C-802 (China) and Harpoon (US) missiles. It weighs 800 pounds and carries a warhead weighing 200 kilos. On the other hand, 691-kilogram Harpoon has a range of 140 kilometres. It flies at a variable speed while it reaches a maximum range of 200 kilometers. Its guidance is achieved through INS / GPS (Inertial Navigation System / Global Positioning System) systems, while in the terminal phase it uses active radar system for stand-alone research and target detection. ATMACA fuze will be able to target at least 200 km away from the sea and will also have Data-link hardware. Together with this, ATMACA will be able to update the target remotely while driving. the main wing of the Turkish missile is larger than its US Harpoon counterpart. There are two hinges on the main wing of Atmaca compared to one on Harpoon wings; hence, the wing span of Atmaca is greater than Harpoons. This change was made to improve the flight performance of the missile. The control fins of the Turkish missile are considerably smaller than the US missile. Turkey intends to supplant the Microturbo TRI 40 miniature turbojet engine powering the Atmaca and Stand-off Missile (SOM) air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) with the domestically developed Kale 3500. Source: globalsecurity.org
Kale 3500 turbojet engine