Gürcan Okumuş, Director of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) Defense Industry Research and Development Institute (SAGE), made an assessment of the state of affairs in various projects they carried out.
Emphasizing that the project provided Turkey with an important technology gain as air-to-air missile technology, Okumuş gave the following information about the Bozdoğan missile:
“We have reached an important stage, we have overcome critical stages. The ground tests were completed last year, we started firing tests from the aircraft. There were important developments in that, which was announced by our President recently. Bozdoğan was launched from the aircraft and successfully engaged with the target aircraft and destroyed it. Test processes in such projects. Tests are continuing, there will be new shots. Some of them are informed, some of them continue without disclosure. We have exceeded the critical stage, we think that the project will progress much faster from now on. We can say that we have reached the stage where relevant planning will be made. ”
SOM-J missile to Akıncı and Aksungur
Reminding that SOM A, SOM B1 were included in the inventory in the SOM Cruise Missile Project, Okumuş stated that they are continuing additional studies regarding the acquisition of new capabilities in such projects.
Pointing out that development and testing for SOM B2, SOM C1, SOM C2 are ongoing and will be completed soon, Okumuş said:
“On the one hand, tests will be carried out for the acquisition and demonstration of additional capabilities, but SOM has now reached a certain maturity. SOM is a cruise missile that can be attached to UAVs, but on the other hand, SOM-J work continues under the main contractor of ROKETSAN. SOM-J is more advantageous for UAV platforms, especially for UAV platforms such as Akıncı and Aksungur. I think we may see SOM-J rather than SOM on UAV platforms. Although SOM-J is a cruise missile developed for the F-35 internal station, it is a very capable and important cruise missile that can be used both in the F-16 and the internal station of our National Combat Aircraft (MMU). Some work on integration has begun. After completing our first firing tests from the F-16, I think we will make an important progress in UAVs this year. ”
Preparing to take on new responsibilities for MMU
Giving information about the activities of TÜBİTAK SAGE for the MMU Project, Okumuş emphasized that this is a very important project of Turkey.
Pointing out that, as TÜBİTAK SAGE, they are partners in certain work packages of MMU in the project, which is the main contractor of TAI, Okumuş said, “We have contracts currently in progress. In the first stage, we are working on the integration of domestic and national ammunition into MMU. MMU is a very big project, apart from that, we are negotiating for different work packages. We will assume important roles in this project with TUSAŞ as far as our talents and capabilities are concerned, our close talks continue. ” used the expressions.
UPS variants with new capabilities are coming
Emphasizing that they attach great importance to the Winged Guidance Kit (KGK), which is included in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces and continues to be mass-produced, Okumuş said that the kit can be engaged with targets over 110 kilometers with F-16s.
Okumuş stated that efforts to gain and develop additional capabilities in the UPS are continuing, “We recently made a successful shot from Aksungur UAV with the improvements we made especially by the algorithm and software. In the short term, we see that we can reach over 50 kilometers from SİHAs with the UPS. As SİHA, we have developed a variant. We see both Akıncı and Aksungur as a strategic product that will be used in possible future SİHAs. Although it has no propulsion, it can reach very long distances thanks to its aerodynamic structure. Development process of the UPS will continue with different models, laser seeker. We will develop a UPS titled in the short term. UPS that will gain similar capabilities. We will use it very effectively in both jet planes and SİHAs. It is a product that has a high number in our inventory. ” he spoke.
New missiles for ultimate air defense
Gürcan Okumuş stated that TÜBİTAK SAGE has also assumed responsibilities in the development of Turkey’s air defense systems.
Emphasizing that air defense systems are a very important need of Turkey, Okumuş stated that an important stage has been reached in the HİSAR Project.
Okumuş reminded that the long range air defense system project Siper, including TÜBİTAK SAGE, continues, and that this will be a very important part of layered air defense.
Pointing out that air defense is one of the priority businesses of the Turkish defense industry, Okumuş said:
“In air defense, the missiles within the scope of the Göktuğ Project are in a very important place in terms of air-air missiles. There are variants such as NASAMS Air Defense Missile System that can be used from land and sea. We see that it can evolve into different platforms that can be launched from ship or land. We have a concept called G-40 by developing it a little more and we are working on it. Some of these are projects that we carry out as internal projects as TÜBİTAK SAGE or bring their conceptual studies to a certain point. ‘s layered air defense system is planned at a higher level. Some products of TÜBİTAK SAGE will also be a part of it. There are currently ongoing projects. We also think that we can be in new projects. “