Ankara, Turkey – Missile system to enter inventory in 2023, says top defence official. Turkey successfully test-fired long-range indigenous air defence missile Siper, a top defence official said on Saturday.
Different tests of the air defence system, which is planned to enter the army’s inventory in 2023, will continue, Ismail Demir, the head of Turkey’s Defence Industries Presidency, tweeted.
He said Turkey will continue to produce new weapons and will have up to six different air defence systems.
The Siper project is led by Turkey’s defence giants ASELSAN, ROKETSAN and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Besides Siper, which is expected to rival Russia’s S-400, Korkut, Sungur and Hisar air defence systems are in place.
Turkey test-fires long-range indigenous air defense missile: Military
Turkey has successfully test-fired its long-range indigenous air defense missile Siper, a top defense official says.
Ismail Demir, head of Turkey’s Defense Industries Presidency, tweeted on Saturday that the long-range indigenous air defense missile Siper (Shield) was successfully test-fired earlier in the day, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency reported.
The presidency, which is known by its Turkish acronym as SSB, is a civil institution established by the government to manage the Defense industry of Turkey and the supply of military technology.
Demir added that different tests of the air defense system, which is planned to enter the army’s inventory in 2023, would continue. He also said that Turkey would continue to produce new weapons and would have up to six different air defense systems.
The Siper project, according to the report, is led three giants, namely Turkey’s state-controlled missile-maker Roketsan, ASELSAN, a company of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.
Anadolu further said that besides Sapir, which is expected to rival Russia’s S-400 air defense system, there are Korkut, Sungur and Hisar air defense systems are also in place.
Turkey Test-fires indigenous long-range air-defense missile
Turkey had successfully test-fired the long-range indigenous air-defense missile “Siper,” Ismail Demir, head of Turkey’s Defense Industries Presidency announced via Twitter on November 6, 2021.
Demir said that different tests on the new missile will continue. The missile is planned to enter the Turkish military’s inventory in 2023.
Siper, which will reportedly have a range of over 150 kilometers, is being developed by defense giants ASELSAN, ROKETSAN and the Scientific and Technological Research Council.
Turkish sources claims that the new air-defense system will rival the Russian-made S-400 long-range air-defense system. It’s worth noting that four S-400 systems are currently in service with the Air Defense Command of the Turkish Air Force.
Turkey has been working to develop its indigenous air-defense capabilities for quite some time. Several locally-made air-defense systems are expected to enter service with the Turkish military in the upcoming few years.