Three Turkish companies hired to build country’s first indigenous long-range air-defence system

Turkey’s defence industry was handed another boon on Friday when President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced production of the country’s first indigenous long-range air and anti-missile system would be carried out by a trio of Turkish companies, Defense News reported.

“This system is crucial for Turkey’s defense and they (the partners) are taking a new step with this project that will upgrade Turkey in the league of defense systems,” Erdoğan was quoted by Defense News’s Burak Ege Bekdil as saying.

The “Siper” system will be produced by the Turkish state-run military electronics manufacturer Aselsan, state-controlled missile producer Roketsan, and Tübitak Sage, a state research institute. It is expected to be completed by 2021.

Siper is one in a series of indigenous defence manufacturing projects as Turkey continues its drive to develop its defence industry.

Other indigenous projects announced on Friday included the Atmaca anti-ship missile, which will be produced by Aselsan and Roketsan.