Monday, December 5, 2022

Turkey’s advanced missile system undertakes acceptance trials

The KHAN advanced long-range surface-to-surface missile system developed by Turkish company Roketsan is undergoing acceptance trials.

On 10 July, the official Twitter account of Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) was posted a video of what appears to be a continuation of the test cycle of a new KHAN artillery missile system.

The KHAN (Kaan in Turkish), known as Bora, is a Turkish modern tactical ballistic missile system. It is a long-range surface-to-surface system carries 2 containers with ballistic missiles. Missiles are fitted with 470 kg conventional warheads.


According to the Roketsan, the KHAN missile provides high lethality depth by means of its long range. KHAN Missile can be launched from Roketsan made Weapon System and other platforms with applicable interfaces for integration.

The main role of the Khan ballistic missiles is to engage concentrations of troops and armored vehicles, as well as other important targets, such as airfields, command posts, air defense batteries and support facilities. In some cases, this ballistic missile can be used as an alternative to precision bombing.

The missile itself has a solid fuel rocket motor and a range of 280-400 kilometers. It is controlled by aerodynamic control with electromechanical actuation system.

Source also reported that the new Turkish missile system based on a new Belarus-made MZKT-7909 heavy high-mobility chassis. This vehicle is powered by a TMZ-84631.10 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 525 hp. Engine is mated to an automatic transmission.

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