The Azerbaijan Air Force (AzAF) has ordered Turkey-made SOM medium-range, all-weather air-to-surface standoff cruise missiles.
According to the “Azeri Defence”, the recently received SOM cruise missiles developed by Turkey’s Roketsan will make its maiden public appearance in parades in Baku on 26 June.
SOM is an air-to-surface missile to be used against heavily defended, high-value anti-surface warfare (ASuW) and land targets such as surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites, exposed aircraft, strategic assets, command and control centers, and naval vessels. Its modular design supports the required operational flexibility.
The SOM provides enhanced capabilities by building on existing SOM air-to-surface cruise missile technology.
SOM cruise missiles come in four different variants: the SOM-A, SOM-J, SOM-B1, and SOM-B2. The SOM-A is already in the Turkish Army’s inventory.
The bases version of stand-off missile is powered by a turbojet engine and has a range of more than 250km. It is operable under all weather conditions, and also in hostile environments.