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Turkey has successfully conducted test-fire of local-made ATMACA anti-ship cruise missile


According to a Tweet released by the President of the SSB Turkish Defense Association on September 29, 2020, Turkish Company Roketsan has successfully conducted the first test-fire of ATMACA anti-ship cruise missile equipped with a global positioning system (GPS) and inertial navigation system. The missile is now ready for full-rate production.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Test-fire of Turkish-made ATMACA anti-ship cruise missile. (Picture source SSB)


The program to develop an anti-ship cruise missile was initiated in 2009 when Turkey's Undersecretary For Defense Industries (SSM now SSB) signed a contract with Turkish company Roketsan for designing a surface-to-surface cruise missile for the requirements of the Turkish Naval Forces. The prime contractor, Roketsan, started the design studies in September 2012, after receiving the results of its previous research and development contract with Turkey's Undersecretary For Defense Industries under the coordination of Navy Research Center Command (ARMERKOM).

After completing various tests, the first land-based firing of the ATMACA took place in March 2017. The serial production contract for ATMACA was signed between Roketsan and the Presidency of Defense Industry on 29 October 2018. The missile will be deployed to the Turkish Navy's Ada-class corvettes, G-class frigates, Istanbul-class frigates, and planned TF-2000 class destroyers.

On 3 November 2019, Turkish Naval Forces conducted its first ship-launched firing from the Ada-class corvette TCG Kınalıada in the Black Sea

The ATMACA is a high precision, long-range, surface-to-surface, precision strike anti-ship missile developed, designed, and manufactured by the Turkish company Roketsan. The launch control systems for the missile were produced by the Turkish defense giant ASELSAN, while the fire control system was developed by the Turkish Naval Research Center Command (ArMerKom).

The ATMACA missile can be integrated to patrol boats, frigates, and corvettes. The missile has a High Explosive warhead of 250 kg with penetration capability. It has a weight of 800 kg and a length from 4,800 to 5,200 mm. It has a maximum firing range of 200 km.