Admiral Ahmet Çakir, navy technical commander of the Turkish Naval Forces Command, officially confirmed on 16 October that the Atmaca (Hawk) anti-ship guided missile developed by Roketsan had been test fired for the first time, without giving a date.
Addressing a naval systems seminar in Ankara, Adm Çakir stated that the missile would be test fired from naval platforms next year. Little information is publicly available on the status of the Atmaca project and the missile itself, which is intended to replace the Harpoon missile.
The Turkish Defence Industries Underecretariat (SSM) signed a contract in 2009 on the research and development phase of the Atmaca project, with Roketsan as the prime contactor.
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