Land Platforms

Korkut SPAAG system enters production

14 March 2017
A Korkut twin 35 mm SPAAG showing the turret complete with sensor pod that includes a tracking radar and electro-optical sensors mounted on the right side. Source: FNSS

Following successful qualification trials of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) Korkut twin 35 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) system a production order for an undisclosed number of systems has been placed with Aselsan.

While the qualification trials were carried out with two Korkut twin 35 mm SPAAGs and one command-and-control (C2) system, the TLFC will deploy it with three SPAAGs for every C2 system.

While Aselsan is the prime contractor, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri - a joint venture owned 51% by Nurol Holding of Turkey and 49% by BAE Systems - is responsible for the Armoured Combat Vehicle 30 (ACV-30) platform, on which the system is mounted, while Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu (MKEK: Mechanical and Chemical Industries Corporation) provides the weapons and ammunition.

The Korkut 35 mm SPAAG features a remote-control turret armed with two stabilised Rheinmetall Air Defence 35 mm KDC cannons manufactured under licence by MKEK. They use an automatic linkless ammunition feeding system that allows the type of 35 mm ammunition to be changed in less than 15 seconds.

The weapons typically fire 35 mm high-explosive - incendiary (HE-I) and target practice - tracer (TP-T) ammunition, but a new 35 mm air-bursting munition (ABM) is being developed under the leadership of Aselsan with MKEK.

The C2 vehicle is fitted with a roof-mounted 3-D search radar that provides a local air picture, evaluates threats and assigns targets to the SPAAG units. It also has an electro-optical (EO) sensor pod that is useful in the face of electronic countermeasures (ECM) activity.

The SPAAG unit tracks targets via radar or EO sensor pod, opening fire when the target is within range.

The system can engage high-speed combat aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, and air-launched missiles.

The ACV-30 has been developed specifically for the Korkut and the Low Altitude Air Defence Missile System developed by Aselsan, which is referred to as the HISAR-A (the '-30' in the designation refers to the typical gross vehicle weight in tonnes).

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