Turkish anti-ship missile tested for the first time from a mobile launcher

Turkey has conducted another successful test-firing of its locally-made maritime missile, the country’s Defense Ministry announced on Saturday.

Atmaca successfully hit a target in the Black Sea after being fired from land in a test that marked the first time the anti-ship missile has been tested with a mobile guided missile system, shared video showed by the Ministry of Defence.

Testing activities of the long-range anti-ship missile developed by prominent defense contractor Roketsan have been carried out in the northern province of Sinop.

Atmaca is billed as a high-precision, long-range, surface-to-surface, precision-strike anti-ship missile that can be integrated into patrol boats, frigates and corvettes.

The inventory of the Turkish naval forces currently includes the American-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles. They should be replaced by the Atmaca missiles with additional superior functionality.

It has a range of over 200 kilometers (124 miles), posing a threat to targets far out of visual range. It also provides target update, re-attack, and mission abort capabilities via a modern data link.

Development of the anti-ship missile began in 2009 and a mass production agreement was signed between the Defense Industry Presidency (SSB) and prominent defense contractor Roketsan in 2018.

Atmaca missiles are expected to be used on corvettes built under the Turkish National Ship Project (MILGEM), as well as other ships and submarines that currently use Harpoon missiles.

The land-based version of the missiles should also be used for shoreline security.

The missile will be powered by an all-indigenous KTJ-3200 engine, developed by Kale Group.

Atmaca is effective against stationary and moving targets thanks to its resistance to countermeasures and its target update, reattack and task cancel capabilities, as well as an advanced 3D routing system.

The missile hovers over water and can hit its target both in linear and vertical planes. With this feature, the missile can reach a higher altitude when it gets closer to the target and can land on a target ship directly above it.

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