Turkish defense company Roketsan is currently designing a domestic anti-radiation missile that would be named AKBABA (Vulture).
When the AKBABA anti-radiation missile — which are designed to detect, track and neutralize the adversary’s radar, communications assets and other radio frequency sources — enters the inventory, Turkish Armed Forces will begin to use it instead of the US-made AGM-88 HARM missiles.
During a presentation on the sidelines of Anatolian Eagle Exercise in central Konya province, Turkish Air Forces officials on Wednesday said that AKBABA anti-radiation missile will be used as air-ground ammunition of Turkey’s national combat aircraft MMU (TF-X), on which Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) is currently working.
Due to the security concerns, the AKBABA project is also carried out secretly. Almost no official information about the project has been revealed.
There is also no further details on the features of the missile, such as its weight, range and dimensions.
However, it is expected to have a unique design, passive RF head and AESA radar, said the sources on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.