The KARAOK Anti-Tank Missile, developed by Turkey’s missile powerhouse Roketsan, will be made available to the Turkish Armed Forces this year.
According to a statement issued exclusively by Roketsan General Manager Murat Ikinci to SavunmaSanayiST.com, the TEK-ER (Single Soldier) type Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM), developed by Roketsan with national capabilities, will be made available to the Turkish Armed Forces later this year.
Just like UMTAS and OMTAS Anti-Tank Missiles, the KARAOK Missile, which has an infrared (IIR) seeker head, can be used by TEK-ER over the shoulder. KARAOK is separated from Roketsan’s other anti-tank missiles with this feature.
Although the KARAOK Project initially targeted a range of 1.5 kilometers, Roketsan managed to reach 2.5 kilometers. The missile will be launched from the shoulder by TEK-ER, so its weight is also highly optimized.
KARAOK, which resembles the US-made Javelin in concept, weighs 16 kilograms with a diameter of 125 millimeters and a launcher.
The missile, which can reach a maximum range of 2.5 kilometers, has an armor-piercing tandem warhead, fire-and-forget usage mode, and direct and top-attack strike modes.
KARAOK, the fourth anti-tank missile made available to the Turkish Armed Forces by Roketsan after OMTAS, UMTAS and L-UMTAS, will meet the needs of special units such as Special Forces Command, Underwater Assault (SAT) Commandos, Underwater Defense (SAS) Commandos and Turkish Intelligence (MIT) Special Operations Team.
With the KARAOK Missile, the Turkish Armed Forces’ anti-tank missile needs, which can be used by TEK-ER, will be met with national resources.
Having an operational concept similar to the US production Javelin Missile, KARAOK can penetrate all armored elements thanks to its ‘Top Attack’ ability. It is a great advantage for KARAOK, especially in that the main battle tanks have the lowest levels of protection in the ceilings.
|Weight||< 16 kg (Missile + Tube)|
|Warhead Type||Armor Piercing Tandem|
|Hit Mode||Direct Hit / Top-Attack|