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Turkish Naval Forces conduct first ship-launched Atmaca ASM test firing

12 November 2019
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The Turkish Naval Forces Ada-class corvette TCG (F-514) fires an Atmaca ASM at an undisclosed location in the Black Sea on 3 November. Source: Roketsan

The Turkish Naval Forces (Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri - TDK) on 3 November conducted the first ship-launched firing of the Atmaca (Hawk) anti-ship missile (ASM) from the TDK Ada-class (MILGEM) corvette TCG Kinaliada (F-514) at an undisclosed location in the Black Sea.

Evolved within the scope of the MILGEM Project, Turkey's national warship programme, Atmaca is the country's first indigenously developed dedicated above-water ASM system, and is intended to replace the Boeing RGM-84 Harpoon ASM in TDK surface platform service.

Prime contractor Roketsan commenced development of the missile in September 2012, following the completion of a 2009 research and development phase contract with Turkey's Undersecreteriat For Defence industries (SSM). The initial land-based firing of Atmaca was conducted in March 2017, after which a Roketsan spokesperson told Jane's that the missile was in the final testing phase, and that a serial production contract for Atmaca was signed with TDK on 29 October 2018.

According to Roketsan, Atmaca is an autonomous, all-weather, low-signature, super sea skimming ASM. Resistant to countermeasures, the missile features a mission planning system with 3D routing, and a target update, re-attack, re-target, and mission abort capability via a commercial off-the-shelf two-way datalink.

Powered by a Safran TR40 microturbo engine, the missile has a range in excess of 200 km and a subsonic engagement speed of Mach 0.85. Weighing less than 800 kg, including a 250 kg-class high-explosive penetrating warhead, Atmaca is 5.2 m in length, 350 mm in diameter, and has a deployed wingspan of 1.4 m.

Navigation is enabled by a combination of inertial navigation system/GPS/barometric altimeter/radar altimeter, with terminal guidance delivered through an active radio frequency (RF) seeker. The company said the missile is designed to be effective against sea targets in open or coastal waters, as well as against shore-based targets.

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