The Atmaca missile, developed by Turkey, will replace the harpoons of Turkish Navy ships.

According to military and industry sources, Turkey’s first domestic anti-ship cruise missile, the Atmaca, will replace the country’s aging inventory of American-made Harpoon missiles. “We are confident that the transition will be smooth over the next few years,” said a Navy officer. “All of our combat ships are participating in the effort. According to a representative of state-controlled missile maker Roketsan, co-producer of Atmaca (which translates to “Hawk”), the weapon will replace more than 350 harpoons over the next two to three years, starting with ships. under maintenance. and upgrade operations. Because they were not authorized to speak to the press, the two officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

In 2009, Roketsan was awarded a development contract by the Turkish government. Roketsan partnered with military electronics specialist Roketsan in 2018.

In 2019, Atmaca was installed on board Turkey’s fourth Ada-class corvette, TCG Kinaliada. It was successfully tested in July 2020. The Roketsan official said Turkey aims to save up to $500 million on the Atmaca replacement program, as the homemade missile costs about half the price of a Harpoon.

Defense News asked harpoon maker Boeing about the financial impact of Turkey’s decision, but the company asked questions of the US government and the international client. Atmaca is a subsonic sea-skimming anti-ship missile with a range of over 220 kilometers. It features a 250 kilogram class high-explosive fragmentation warhead. It is said to have high resistance to countermeasures and has all-weather capabilities, a target update and end-of-mission facility, and a full mission planning system with 3D routing.

Due to security measures, no friendly surface units enter the determined danger zone around the target ship during live guided missile firing exercises. In this type of live fire event, there is a slight possibility that the guided missile could head towards a friendly unit. In May 2020, the Iranian Navy’s Moudge-class frigate IRIS Jamaran launched a C-802 Noor missile which accidentally hit the Hendijan-class multipurpose ship IRIS Konarak during a live-fire exercise, killing 19 people.

The missile is effective against marine targets in open or coastal waters, as well as land-based targets. During the tests, Atmaca sailed at an altitude as low as 3 meters. It will equip Ada-class corvettes, Istanbul-class frigates and TF2000-class anti-aircraft destroyers.

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Sharon P. Juarez