Turkey’s new short-range air-defense system (SHORAD) Sungur has completed a successful live test, the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) announced on February 26.
On Twitter, SSB director Ismail Demir revealed that the new system hit a moving aerial target at the maximum range and altitude with pinpoint accuracy during the test.
Demir noted that the new system, which was developed by Turkey’s leading military contractor ROKETSAN, can be integrated into land, air and naval platforms.
A video of the test shows Sungur, which was mounted on a Vuran armored vehicle, firing one of its four anti-aircraft missiles at a moving target. The SHORAD used its infrared optical system to track the target.
The system was developed to provide mobile, short-range air-defense protection for ground units against cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, low-flying fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.
Sungur’s missiles, which are guided by infrared homing, have a range of over 6 km, with some sources calming that the range is up to 8 km.
In July of 2020, it was announced that the Sungur SHORAD was ready to enter service with the Turkish Armed Forces. However, this is yet to happen. A very similar system, the ALTIGNAN, is already in service with Turkish forces.
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