The SUNGUR Weapon System, a new generation Short Range Air Defense Missile System developed by Roketsan, is aimed to be added to the Turkish Armed Forces inventory in 2021.
SUNGUR, which will provide low-altitude, short-range air defense of mobile and fixed units and facilities in the battlefield and rear area, managed to destroy the high-speed air target with a full hit at maximum range and altitude in the firing tests conducted in February 2021. While the qualification process of the serial production line of the system, which can easily support the devolved units by being a mobilized element, continues, ground tests and flight tests are expected to be completed soon.
The 8-kilometer-range air defense missile used in the system stands out as the most important feature that distinguishes SUNGUR from its counterparts. While the missile system increases the accuracy of target hit with its Imaging Infrared Seeker (IIR) technology, it also has a significant advantage in the destruction of air targets with its warhead, which has a higher explosive power than the similar system available in the inventory. Again, the propulsion system, which enables it to be more effective at a longer range than its counterparts, and the use of sights, which allow the user to detect and view the target from a long distance before firing, are other technologies that increase the effectiveness and hit probability of the missile.
Having the Friend-Foe Identification (IFF) System that allows updating, SUNGUR also offers various advantages to the user with its ability to lock onto the target before firing and fire-forget. SUNGUR, which can be integrated with the Air Defense Early Warning and Command and Control System (HERIKKS-6), can thus perform a fully integrated task with other units on the battlefield.
The missile system, which continues to work on its integration with sea and air platforms, was integrated into the Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicle VURAN in a short period of 3 months, as a land platform, within the framework of the urgent needs of the TAF. Standing out from its peers with its high maneuverability, SUNGUR's potential targets include fixed and rotary wing aerial platforms and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Technical Specifications of SUNGUR Weapon System
- Maximum Effective Range: 8 km
- Minimum Effective Range: 500 m
- Effective Altitude: Up to 4km (Above Sea Level)
- Seeker Infrared Imager Seeker: (IIR)
- Reaction Time: < 5 sec