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.
GURUR GÜNÜMÜZ!@SavunmaSanayii öncülüğünde TÜBİTAK SAGE tarafından @TSKGnkur için geliştirilen Türkiye’nin ilk seyir füzesi SOM’un beton sığınaklara karşı kullanılacak ardışık delici harp başlıklı versiyonu SOM-B2 füzesinin ilk atış testi başarıyla gerçekleştirildi. 🎯🇹🇷 pic.twitter.com/LAUqgMxrQI
— Mustafa Varank (@varank) September 5, 2019
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.