Turkey’s Stand-Off Missile revealed

(JDW) The Defense Industries Research and Development Institute (SAGE) of Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council(TUBITAK), has unveiled the Stand-Off Missile (SOM) at DSEi.

The weapon, which has been in development by TUBITAK-SAGE since 2006, made its first guided flight on 9 August. Flying over the Black Sea, the SOM covered more than 100 n miles using GPS/INS guidance. A campaign of about 30 test-flights will assess aspects of the missile’s design.

The SOM is a 1,300 lb (590 kg) stealthy cruise missile with a 500 lb warhead offering a variety of programmable ingress and attack profiles. Midcourse guidance is accomplished by GPS/INS, with terrain reference updates. The missile’s imaging infrared (IR) seeker can also be used to provide image-based midcourse navigation by taking snapshots of waypoints and comparing them against predicted position to update the navigation system. IR and terrain updates allow the missile to navigate without GPS if that capability is denied or degraded. The IR seeker provides terminal guidance using target auto-tracking and the weapon can be programmed to attack at various angles to match
the required effects.

The SOM has a two-way datalink that allows in-flight retasking and is network enabled. With the exception of the French Microturbo engine, most of the system’s elements are of Turkish design.

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