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Turkey’s Roketsan Unveils Its Formidable Cruise Missile: ÇAKIR

Roketsan’s new Cruise Missile “ÇAKIR”, which can be launched from land, sea and air platforms, will be a modern power multiplier for the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) with its state-of-the-art features and effective warhead.

Roketsan continues to create new concepts on the battlefield with the new technologies it has developed.

ÇAKIR can be launched from fixed and rotary wing aircraft, heavy-class Turkish UAVs (AKINCI etc.), Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicles (AUSV), tactical wheeled land vehicles and surface platforms.

It offers the user operationally wide alternatives against land and sea targets. With a range of over 150 kilometers, ÇAKIR’s targets include surface targets, land and surface targets close to the shore, strategic land targets, area targets and caves.

Turkey's Roketsan Unveils Its Formidable Cruise Missile: ÇAKIR
Turkey’s Roketsan Unveils Its Formidable Cruise Missile: ÇAKIR

Domestic Engine

ÇAKIR, which has a domestic and national KTJ-1750 turbo-jet engine developed by Kale Ar-Ge, thanks to the agility of its design, it can easily perform tasks involving three-dimensional turning points defined during mission planning.

Within the scope of the unveiling ceremony of the Cruise Missile ÇAKIR held on March 31, 2022, the ÇAKIR Project National Turbo-jet Development has also been signed between Roketsan and Kale Ar-Ge.

ÇAKIR offers high destruction capability against targets with its hit point selection on the target and its unique warhead. With its advanced intermediate stage and terminal guidance systems, ÇAKIR is able to engage its targets with high precision in all weather conditions.

“I would like to emphasize the role of Kale Ar-Ge here. It has carried out important studies in the field of cruise missiles, and it has saved us from ending up in the poorhouse in this field. We hope that TEI and Kale Ar-Ge will work closely,” Turkish Defense Industry President Demir stated.

Kale Ar-Ge's KTJ-1750 Engine
Kale Ar-Ge’s KTJ-1750 Engine

Swarm Concept

The network-based data-link also allows target switching and task cancellation, depending on user choice, as you move towards the target. One of the most notable features of ÇAKIR is its design, which allows multiple transport on the platform, and the ability to perform tasks in the swarm concept.

The swarm concept, which allows coordinated attack with a large number of munitions, makes it easier to overcome the enemy’s defense systems, while ensuring high effectiveness in one or more targets.

ÇAKIR offers high survivability thanks to its unique body design with radar absorber feature. In addition to its ability to fly very close to the water surface over the sea and to mask the terrain on land, it minimizes its detectability by enemy air defense systems with its radar-absorbing body structure.

With its jam-proof GNSS and altimeter-supported inertial navigation system, it can continue its course in cases of intense electronic jamming.

Turkey's Roketsan Unveils Its Formidable Cruise Missile: ÇAKIR
Turkey’s Roketsan Unveils Its Formidable Cruise Missile: ÇAKIR

Launch Tests

While the design studies of ÇAKIR, the domestic and national cruise missile being developed with Roketsan’s own resources, continue, the first test launch is targeted in 2022, and platform integration is targeted in 2023.

Main Features of ÇAKIR
Missile Weight≤ 275 kg (Without Launch Motor) 

≤ 330 kg (With Launch Engine)

Missile Diameter≤ 275mm
Missile Length≤ 3.3 m (Without Launch Engine) 

≤ 4.1 m (With Launch Motor)

Warhead Weight70 kg
Warhead TypeHigh Explosive Semi Penetrating Particle Effect Thermobaric
Flight EngineTurbo Jet Engine
Launch EngineSolid Fuel Launch Engine
Travel SpeedLoud Subsonic (0.75-0.85 Mach)
GuidanceIntermediate Steering: 

· Inertial Navigation System

· Jamming Resistant GNSS (Eng. Global Navigation Satellite System)

Radar Altimeter

Barometric Altimeter

Earth Reference Navigation System

Terminal Guidance:

· Seeker with Infrared Imaging (Eng. Imaging Infrared-IIR)

· RF Seeker

Hybrid (IIR+RF) Seeker

DatalinkNetwork Based Bidirectional Data link
PlatformsFixed and Rotary Wing Aerial Vehicles, UAVs, AUSVs, Tactical Wheeled Land Vehicle, Surface Platforms

READ MORE: Turkey Aspires to Develop Hypersonic Missiles

SOURCE: TurkishDefenseNews

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