Strategic & Sub-strategic Naval Strike Missile Capabilities in Turkey

While the Turkish Weapons, Ammunition, Rocket and Missile Sector adds strength to the power of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) in the field with NATO standard, state-of-the-art indigenous products developed to meet the Naval, Land and Air Forces requirements in parallel with the developing technology, on the other hand, it arouses great interest in the world with its products displaying a high performance in military operations and combats carried out both inside Turkey’s borders and beyond our borders (in Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan).

Issue 109

According to Defense & Aerospace Industry 2020 Performance Report that prepared by Defense Industrial Manufacturers Association (SASAD) through the evaluation of figures obtained from 85 of the 205 member companies and issued in June 2021, with 77.566 employees and advanced technologies and capabilities Turkish Defense & Aerospace industry has realized around US$8.856 Billion (it was US$10.884 Billion in 2019, so there was 18.64% decrease) turnover and US$2.266 Billion worth of exports in 2020. Turkish Weapons, Ammunition, Rocket and Missile Sector has realized US$855 Million of the total turnover (represents around 9.65% of the total turnover), around US$274 Million of the exports (represents around 12.09% of the total exports) and US$759 Million (has around 12.3% share) of the order total/backlog (US$6.175 Billion) in 2020. With these figures the Turkish Weapons, Ammunition, Rocket and Missile Sector (which also includes Small Arms) is likely the fourth strongest sector of the Turkish Defense & Aerospace Industry, coming after Military Aviation, Land Platforms and Civil Aviation Sectors. All estimates show that the Turkish Weapons, Ammunition, Rocket and Missile Sector will grow further in 2021.

The backbone of the Turkish Weapons, Ammunition, Rocket and Missile Sector is formed by state-owned Machinery and Chemical Industries Corporation (MKEK), Defense Research and Development Institute (SAGE) of the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBİTAK SAGE) and ROKETSAN (55.39% of the company shares are owned by the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TAFF), While the MKEK is primarily focused on small arms, infantry rifles, 20mm and 35mm air defense gun systems, 107mm and 122mm unguided rockets, artillery weapons and ammunitions, TÜBİTAK SAGE, which is Turkey’s one of the most important research and development institutions, and ROKETSAN are placed in the hearth of the indigenous surface-to-surface and air-to-surface strategic and sub-strategic cruise missiles projects including SOM Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) Family, ATMACA Anti-Ship Cruise Missile (ASCM) with land attack capability, AKBABA Anti-Radiation Missile, OMGF (Medium Range Anti-Ship Missile) and GEZGİN Sea & Land Based Cruise Missile, which will provide deep strike capability to the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF).