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Turkey’s anti-ship cruise missile, ATMACA has been cleared for forces entry after it struck a sea-based target 200 kms away in its latest long-distance test launch Saturday,
ATMACA is an all weather, long range, surface-to-surface, precision strike anti-ship cruise missile which can be integrated to patrol boats, frigates and corvettes, developed by ROKETSAN.
According to the head of the Defense Industries Presidency (SSB) Ismail Demir, ATMACA successfully hit a target over 200 kilometers away and is ready to enter the (Turkish military’s) weapons inventory. This is the third successful test of the missile and the longest in terms of range, according to defenseworld.net.
The latest test was from a land platform. In an earlier test from a moving platform during November 2019, the Turkish Navy carried out the first test launch in the Black Sea from the TCG Kinaliada corvette.
An accompanying video showed the missile launched from an elevated sea platform, quickly achieved vertical cruise flight and guided to hit its target with pinpoint accuracy.
The missile offers mid-course correction and its guidance system is protected against jamming, a feature that places it on the same shelf as the latest European and US –made anti-ship missiles.
The ATMACA can be fired from fixed or moving targets such as ships. It has a range of up to 250 kilometers, hovers low above water and can reach its target both on a linear and a vertical plane. With this feature, the missile can reach a higher altitude when it gets closer to the target and land on a target ship from directly above, defenseworld.net reports, basing on Roketsan.