Turkish defense contractor Roketsan announced on Thursday that it had developed a new-generation cruise missile that can be launched from land, sea and air platforms.
The cruise missile, named Çakır, will be a new force multiplier for the armed forces with its state-of-the-art features and effective warhead, the company said in a statement.
It is still in the design phase, with its first tests scheduled for later this year, with platform integration taking place in 2023.
It will be tested from the country’s flagship Akıncı unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), the most advanced and sophisticated drone built by Turkey.
With a range of more than 150 kilometers (93 miles), the cruise missile will be launchable from rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, assault drones, tactical ground vehicles and naval platforms.
It will be powered by the KTJ1750 turbojet engine developed by Kale Arge.
It also provides operational versatility against targets on the ground or at sea, as well as those in caves.
With a unique warhead and hit point selection systems, it will be highly destructive, the statement said, adding that the missile will be able to strike targets with high precision regardless of weather conditions thanks to its advanced mid- and terminal-phase guidance systems.
It will also feature network-based data links and human capabilities in the loop to update, engage/re-attack, or abort targets mid-flight.
Also capable of carrying multiple payloads, the missile will be able to coordinate and intercom with other ordinances like a swarm.
Çakır also offers high survivability with its unique design and the radar absorbent material used in the frame.