Turkey tested an indigenous long-range SIPER missile defence system

Turkey conducted a fire test of the indigenously produced long-range SIPER missile defense system. During the trial, the SIPER hit the target at an altitude of 26,000 feet.

During the test, the Aselsan-developed EIRS-based search radar, fire control center, and missile launch system were tested for the first time. The conducted test was in “integrated mode” because the communication systems of the Turkish defense were actively used.

Until now, no one knew much about how SIPER was put together. Aselsan didn’t want to tell anyone, but after the last test, it was clear that SIPER has a fire control center, a fire control radar, a search radar, a missile launch system/missile transport system, full-launch missiles, a communication station, a tool for sending and receiving communications, a device for maintenance and repair, and a training simulator.

SİPER Air Defense System and Its Features

The SİPER Air Defense System is Turkey’s first national long-range regional air and missile defense system. Trench Missile; Roketsan, ASELSAN, and SAGE develop it.

With the SİPER Project initiated by the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), it is aimed that Turkey will develop a ‘Long Range Regional Air and Missile Defense System’ with national resources.

 In this direction, the Long-Range Regional Air and Missile Defense System Project Phase-C (SIPER) contract were signed on January 15, 2018, between the SSB and the ASELSAN-ROKETSAN-TÜBİTAK SAGE business partnership.

Within the scope of the contract, each firm contributes to the project in line with its field of expertise. ASELSAN, Fleet Control Center, Search Radar, Fire Control Center, Fire Control Radar, Communication Station Vehicle, Communication Relay Vehicle, etc., for the SİPER System. Responsible for the development of components.

TÜBİTAK-SAGE is responsible for the development of the SİPER Block II Missile. Roketsan is accountable for developing the rocket engine of the SİPER Block I Missile and the SİPER Block II Missile and the mass production of the missiles.

The SPER Long Range Air and Missile Defense System is being designed with multiple missile options.

As the first missile in the system, Roketsan is improving upon the HSAR-RF Missile by developing the SIPER Block I and conducting successful test fires.

The SIPER System will be able to engage against air-breathing targets such as warplanes and cruise missiles, and air-to-ground munitions. In the following stages, it is emphasized that it will gain the ability to engage against ballistic missiles.

Range of the SİPER Air Defense System

As was said above, the SIPER System will have more than one missile. The SPER Block I Missile, made by Roketsan and an improvement on the HSAR-RF Missile, will be used for the first time next year. It has a booster engine.

The SPER Block I Missile, which has an RF Seeker Head as its name suggests, is thought to have a range of more than 70 kilometers.

The SPER Block II, the primary missile designed for the system, is highlighted as having a range of 100 kilometers or more and greater maneuverability.

SİPER Air Defense System General Features

  •  Air defense cooperation and planning
  • Information management and distribution under command and control
  • Combined aerial image production
  • Multiple engagement and sequential firing
  • Manual/semi-automatic/automatic engagement
  • Friend Foe Recognition (IFF)
  • Threat assessment and weapon allocation
  • Auto diagnostic management
  • Multi-target multi-radar fusion
  • Bidirectional communication with missiles
  • Wired/wireless communication
  • vertical/oblique shot
  • Ability to work in harsh conditions
  • Interface with HvBS, Radnet connection
  • Link to upper command via tactical data links (Link-16, JREAP-C)
  • Embedded simulation
  • Ability to operate with 8 FFS, each of which can fire six missiles

SİPER Long Range Regional Air and Missile Defense System, which is being developed within the scope of the project,

-Fleet Level Equipment

-Fleet Control Center

-Search Radar

-Battery Level Equipment

-Fire Control Center

-Fire Control Radar

-Missile Launch Systems

-Missile Transport Loading Systems

-Full Throw Missiles

-Communication Systems

-Station Vehicle

-Communication Relay Tool

-Support Equipment

-Maintenance Repair Tool

It consists of a Classroom Training Simulator.

In the SPER System, a ‘Portable Early Warning Radar System’ (TEIRS) will be employed as the search radar, while a system based on the ‘Weapon Detection Radar’ will be used as the engagement radar.

The SPER Long-Range Region Air and Missile Defense System Project has finished its essential design phase and is now beginning system/subsystem integration tests.