Local Ships to Be Equipped with First Domestic Anti-Ship Missiles Soon (excerpt)
(Source: Daily Sabah; published May 14, 2019)
ISTANBUL --- Turkey's first domestic maritime missile ATMACA, developed by the country's major defense contractor Roketsan, will be equipped on Turkish ships soon.

Marked as a weapon system ready for service in modern naval platforms with its long range, low track and high target hit sensitivity, ATMACA is expected to lead to a new era in the field of surface-to-surface missiles.

The anti-ship missile, whose development dates back to 2009, completed its tests successfully in November 2018 and a deal for the missile's mass production was signed between the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) and Roketsan last year.

ATMACA, a modern guided missile that can be used in any weather, can be effective against fixed and moving targets thanks to its resistance to countermeasures, target update, re-attack, and task cancelation capabilities, and advanced routing system (3D routing).

The launch control systems and other equipment for the missile were produced by Turkish defense giant ASELSAN, while the fire control system was developed by the Turkish Naval Research Center Command (ArMerKom). The domestic missile was showcased at one of the world's leading defense fairs, the International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF'19) in Istanbul.

The missile has a range of up to 250 kilometers and hovers low above the water and can reach the target both on a linear and a vertical plane. With this feature the missile can reach a higher altitude when it gets closer to the target and land on the target ship from right above. The target of the missile can be changed even after the missile's launch while it is highly protected against electronic jamming.

The systems will be integrated into the MILGEM (National Ship) project, which was initiated in 2000 to locally design and build a fleet of multipurpose corvettes and frigates that will replace older ships. (end of excerpt)

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