Turkey tests indigenous long-range anti-ship missile

Turkey’s military tested the Atmaca long-range anti-ship missile in the Black Sea on Thursday, the local state-run TRT television reported.

The weapon, produced by Roketsan, has a range of more than 200 kilometres (124 miles), TRT said. The testing was carried out in the Sinop region of the Black Sea, about 600 kilometres east of Istanbul.

The domestically produced missile will put fear into Turkey’s enemies, Navy Commander Admiral Adnan Özbal said after observing the test firing, according to the television channel.

Turkey has spent tens of billions of dollars on upgrading and expanding its navy and military over the past decade as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sought to turn the country into the Mediterranean’s leading power. Turkey’s relations with neighbours Greece and Egypt have deteriorated markedly in recent years, with Greece putting its navy on high alert in 2020 as Turkey explored for hydrocarbons in contested waters.

The missile successfully destroyed a target when fired from navy corvette TCG Kınalıada, Ismail Demir, head of Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries, said on Twitter.

Roketsan says the Atmaca is a long-range, surface-to-surface, precision strike anti-ship missile which can be integrated with patrol boats, frigates and corvettes. It is expected to replace the U.S.-made Harpoon, according to TRT.