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Turkey test-fires long-range indigenous air defense missile: Military

Screen grab of a video, released by ROKETSAN, shows Turkish long-range indigenous air defense missile Siper during a test firing, on November 6, 2021.

Turkey has successfully test-fired its long-range indigenous air defense missile Siper, a top defense official says.

Ismail Demir, head of Turkey’s Defense Industries Presidency, tweeted on Saturday that the long-range indigenous air defense missile Siper (Shield) was successfully test-fired earlier in the day, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency reported.

The presidency, which is known by its Turkish acronym as SSB, is a civil institution established by the government to manage the Defense industry of Turkey and the supply of military technology.

Demir added that different tests of the air defense system, which is planned to enter the army's inventory in 2023, would continue. He also said that Turkey would continue to produce new weapons and would have up to six different air defense systems.

The Siper project, according to the report, is led three giants, namely Turkey's state-controlled missile-maker Roketsan, ASELSAN, a company of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.

Anadolu further said that besides Siper, which is expected to rival Russia's S-400 air defense system, there are Korkut, Sungur and Hisar air defense systems are also in place.


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