TÜBİTAK SAGE Institute Director Gürcan Okumuş made statements about the current and potential projects in the “Güdümlü Mühimmatlar, Gelecek ve Türkiye | Ağ Merkezli Sohbetler – Bölüm 18” program.
Gürcan Okumuş explained that the TOZKOPARAN air defense missile is a concept they are working on as part of the SİPER Project. Expressing that TÜBİTAK SAGE is working towards the transformation of GÖKTUĞ air-air missiles into air defense missiles, Gürcan Okumuş stated that TOZKOPARAN is an air defense missile solution in the middle class.
Noting that there are different approaches in air defense concepts on a global scale, Gürcan Okumuş stated that TOZKOPARAN will be a shorter range but highly cost-effective solution. The TOZKOPARAN air defense missile will be a part of the layered air defense system.
Güdümlü Mühimmatlar, Gelecek ve Türkiye | Ağ Merkezli Sohbetler – Bölüm 18
GÖKDOĞAN air-to-air missile can reach 100 km range with Phase-2
Gürcan Okumuş stated that the GÖKTUĞ Project has reached an important level and stated that a very serious know-how has been gained in terms of air-to-air missiles. While air-to-air missiles evolve into an ecosystem that complements each other by diversifying according to operational needs, TÜBİTAK SAGE continues to work on systems that will meet these needs.
Stating that the project requirement of GÖKDOĞAN air-to-air missile is 65 km, Gürcan Okumuş stated that when the project is completed, it will have an air-to-air missile with a capability and range far beyond this requirement. GÖKDOĞAN explained that if the project is made in the air-to-air missile, the studies and improvements to be made in Phase-2 can force limits of 100 km very quickly, and even solutions can be developed for much longer ranges with some future technological gains.
Mini air-to-air missile AKDOĞAN
Gürcan Okumuş also gave information about the mini air-air missile AKDOĞAN for the first time. AKDOĞAN air-to-air missile is a project that TÜBİTAK SAGE is working on with its own resources. Gürcan Okumuş emphasized that a high cost air-to-air missile is not a cost-effective solution to a simple UAV system and that a mini-air-to-air missile is needed at this point. Stating that a mini air-air missile is needed, Gürcan Okumuş stated that mini air-air missiles are a cost-effective solution that can be carried in large numbers by light attack aircraft such as HÜRJET and unmanned aerial vehicles (AKINCI TİHA & AKSUNGUR). With the AKDOĞAN missile, it will be possible to neutralize enemy UAV platforms and other aircraft more cost-effectively. The AKDOĞAN missile can be integrated into various air platforms with its low weight and silhouette.