On the anniversary of the Battle of Malazgirt and the start of the Great Offensive, Turkey has test fired the Siper long-range air defence system.
A collaboration between Aselsan and Roketsan, the Siper will be Turkey’s longest range domestically produced air defence system. It was previously referred to as Hisar-U.
This isn’t the first test firing of the Siper. However, this new footage released by the Defence Industry Agency shows more details than last year’s test. We can see ErAlp (EIRS) search radar in action. There also appears to be no explosion, suggesting that it is a hit-to-kill missile. Furthermore, Ismail Demir, the President of the Defence Industry Agency stated that the Siper has reached a range of 100 kilometers. Initially the Siper Block-I was to have a range of 70 kilometers. It is expected that later iterations of Siper will have a range of 150+ kilometers.
The Siper will join an array of domestic air defence systems, forming the outer layer of Turkey’s air defence network.
- Sungur 8km
- Hisar-A+ 15km
- Hisar-O+ 25km
- Hisar-RF 25km
- Siper Block-I 100km
- Siper Block-II ?