First Batch of 5th Gen Portable Air Defense System SUNGUR Delivered to Land Forces Command

On July 24, 2022, İsmail DEMİR, President of the Defense Industries, announced on his official Twitter account that the Portable Air Defense Missile System SUNGUR is now in the service of the Turkish soldiers, following the platform version, the delivery of which was started in the second half of 2021. President DEMİR said the following in his statement: “We have delivered the first batch of the SUNGUR Weapon System, which is effective against UAVs, jets and helicopters, to the Turkish Armed Forces.”

Date: Issue 115 - August 2022

The post shared by President of the Defense Industries DEMİR also included a short video of the SUNGUR MANPADS firing at the Sinop Test Range. In the video, it was seen that the Banshee Jet 80 High Speed Target Aircraft, powered by two turbojet engines and equipped with a "hot nose" (IR enhancement device), was used as the target aircraft during the firing using a live warhead, and SUNGUR scored a direct hit on the target aircraft. As shown in the video, SUNGUR can be a genuinely frightening new generation MANPADS when the exit velocity from the canister, the burn time of the solid fuel rocket engine, the direct hit on the target, the IIR seeker capability and the impact of the warhead on the target are taken into consideration. 

The Portable Air Defense Missile System (PADMS/PORSAV) Project was initiated with the contract signed between the Ministry of National Defense (MoND) and ROKETSAN on September 10, 2013, as part of the requirements of the Turkish Land Forces Command. According to the 2016 Activity Report of the MoND, the PHSFS/PORSAV Project, which was transferred to the Presidency of Defense Industries on November 28, 2016, covering the Design, Development and Production Phases, was planned to be completed in September 2022 with the first delivery in September 2020. Murat İKİNCİ, General Manager of ROKETSAN, announced in May 2021 that they started serial production of the Portable Air Defense Missile System SUNGUR and that they were preparing for the delivery to the Turkish Armed Forces soon.