Sep 06 2019

Turkey successfully tests first bunker-busting cruise missile, minister says

Turkey carried out a successful test of its first cruise missile with a high-explosive warhead capable of penetrating a concrete bunker, a minister said.

Science and Industry Minister Mustafa Varank shared a video of the test-firing on his Twitter account late on Thursday.

The SOM-B2 missile successfully hit a structure with a thick concrete roof, the video showed. Development of the weapon has now successfully concluded, local media reported citing Ismail Demir, head of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB).

Turkey is investing billions of dollars in its defence industry, aiming to be a regional and global player and to reduce its reliance on imported weapons and parts.

The missile is a variant of the stand-off missile SOM. The series includes the SOM-A, SOM-B1 and SOM-J. It has a range of over 250 kilometres and can operate in low visibility conditions with high precision, according to the government.