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Turkey’s first indigenous anti-marine missile ‘ATMACA’


Published: 15:56 18 May 2019   Updated: 16:02 18 May 2019

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Turkey is building the anti-ship missile for the first time in its own technology. The missile has been named 'Atmaca'.

The country's state media, Anadolu Agency, has recently released a promotional video of the ship devastating missile.

Turkish officials recently reported the the first critical firing tests for the Atmaca, a Turkish anti-ship missile, went "extremely successful."

The Atmaca is a radar-guided anti-ship cruise missile with a range of 120 miles. When the program took off in 2009, the idea was to build an indigenous anti-ship missile "with features similar to the Exocet."

But during its development phase Turkish authorities decided that the Atmaca instead should look like the Harpoon Block II, which is already in the Turkish inventory.

"There is an understanding that the Atmaca will eventually replace the Harpoon," said one procurement official familiar with the program.

The Harpoon is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system, developed and manufactured by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing Defense, Space & Security). It was introduced in 1977. The Harpoon system also has a land-strike variant, the Standoff Land Attack Missile. The regular Harpoon uses active radar homing and a low-level, sea-skimming cruise trajectory to improve survivability and lethality.

"The Atmaca will help us move forward to our goal of achieving maximum lethality with minimum cost," said one Navy official. "That target is essential for countries like Turkey that have budgetary constraints."

The missile system is being developed by a team of Roketsan, a state-controlled missile maker; military specialist Aselsan, Turkey's biggest defense company; and ARMERKOM, an Istanbul-based research and development unit of the Turkish Navy.

It is possible to throw 240 rockets at any distance of 37 kilometers in the new missile system. The surrounded four kilometers area will be destroyed by rocket attack.

Anadolu also said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Syria violently ceasefire and is repeatedly attacking the Turkish border in Idlib. The Turkish president said, in this, Bashar al-Assad wants to harm Turkey-Russia ties.

Erdogan also said Bashar's loyal government forces are attacking civilians, schools and hospitals of Idlib controlled by Syrian rebels. Bashar al-Assad's loyal army came under attack Sunday, killing three Syrian civilians near the border with Turkey.

The remote areas of Idlib are under the control of the rebels. Firing with mortars as well as air strikes ware launched in Idlib’s al-Tah, al-Habit and al-Qabinah and in Latamina, Kafir Jita, Jijane, Char Maghars, Maidan al-Gajal and Saramani villages in northern Hama province.

But there was no harm in the Turkish border monitoring post in the attack. Previously, on 29 April and 4th of May, there was an attack near Turkey's monitoring checkpoint. After a peace talks held in Kazakhstan in 2012, Turkey has built 12 surveillance patrols in the Syrian border. In 2011, the civil war started in Syria when the opposition came out to demand the fall of the Assad regime. In that scope, the United States and the Zionist country, Israel, created militancy and terrorist organization Islamic State (IS) in Syria with their provocation and support to keep the country’s unrest up.

Although the country is currently free from the IS militant, the rebels are still in strong positions in some places. Bashar's government loyalists continue to attack the area yet to free those areas.