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Turkiye's new supersonic missile boasts compatibility with air, land, naval platforms

April 4, 2023 at 11:26 pm

7 Bayraktar Akinci unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), are brought together as a fleet at Flight Training and Test Center in Istanbul, Turkiye on July 05, 2022 [BAYKAR/Anadolu Agency]

The UAV-230, a new ballistic supersonic missile developed by Turkish defence firm, Roketsan, can be integrated with airborne, land, and naval platforms, Anadolu News Agency reports.

In the airborne category, the missile is compatible with unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs), including Turkey’s Aksungur, Akinci and Kizilelma.

On land, the UAV-230 can be integrated with the Turkish military’s armed ground vehicles and unmanned ground vehicles, while the naval platforms include MILGEM-class ships and unmanned combat surface vehicles.

An Akinci drone was used for the UAV-230’s first airborne test last week, successfully striking a target from a distance of 140 kilometres (87 miles).

The air-to-surface ballistic supersonic missile has an operational range of over 150 kilometres (93 miles), depending on altitude and speed.

It has different options for warheads: 42-kilogram frangible impact, armour piercing and thermobaric.

The missile can be used against light armoured land or sea vehicles, command centres, radar or communications systems, and mobile and stationary land and sea targets.

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