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A Look at Indigenous Air-to-Ground/Surface Missile Projects

by İbrahim SÜNNETÇİ The Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) made consecutive pleasing statements on October 26th and November 2nd that they achieved crucial milestones in two very critical projects that will gain essential capabilities for the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF). The statements to the public announced that signatures have now been given for the serial production of the SOM Air Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCMs) developed and manufactured through indigenous resources by TÜBİTAK SAGE and Roketsan and for the serial production of the ATMACA Anti-Ship Missile which will bring essential capability to surface ships and is expected to replace the Harpoon missiles in the current inventory. News on the successful finalization of the Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) regarding the KEMENT Project, which will add crucial two-way encrypted data link capability to these missiles had recently been shared with the public as well. In this article we will share some updates on the Indigenous Air-to-Ground/Surface Missile Projects that are being carried out to meet the TAF’s current and future requirements

SOM ALCM Serial Production and Localization Contract Signed 

On October 26, 2018, President of Defence Industries Prof. İsmail DEMİR announced via his social media account that the Contract for the Serial Production of the Precision Guided Stand – Off Munition (SOM) Project was signed between the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and Roketsan. Within the scope of the Project, activities on the localization of certain subsystems and components on the SOM will be accomplished in addition to the serial production of SOM missiles. 

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