Turkey’s domestically-developed HİSAR A + air-defense system has successfully passed its final acceptance test, the Defence Industries Secretariat (SSB) announced on December 16.
The HİSAR A + is an upgraded copy of the HİSAR A short-range system which was developed by ASELSAN and ROKETSAN. HİSAR A has a range of 15 km only. The new version reportedly has an increased range and altitude.
“The high-speed target aircraft was successfully hit at long range with the warhead developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE. HİSAR A + is ready now. We did the final acceptance test of -A + before entering the inventory,” SSB said on Twitter.
SSB also released footage of the successful test showing how HISAR A + located, pursued and hit the target with high-precision. The missile was guided to the target using radar data. After approaching the target, the missile activated its terminal guidance seeker.
The HİSAR A + air-defense systems were designed to engage a variety of aerial threats, including aircraft, ballistic and cruise missiles as well as drones.
Turkey has been developing domestic air-defense systems, HİSAR A, O and U, since 2007. After a series of delays and setbacks, the development program is finally bearing fruit.
“The most recent test was delayed for a few months. An embargo was imposed on a part that was normally supplied from abroad. What happened then? We made the indigenous part in a short time and integrated it into our missile and we reached the result,” SSB quoted President Recep Erdogan as saying.
The successful test of HİSAR A + comes at a time when Turkey has been hit with U.S. sanctions for acquiring Russian-made S-400 long-range air-defense system.
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