To make this website work, we log user data. By using Shephard's online services, you agree to our Privacy Policy, including cookie policy.

Open menu Search

Turkiye's Roketsan makes pioneering launch of cruise missile from Akinci drone

18th May 2023 - 14:00 GMT | by Tayfun Özberk in Istanbul


A Roketsan Çakir mini-cruise missile was fired from an Akinci UAV at the Sinop test range on 12 May. (Photo: SSB)

The firing of a Roketsan Çakir weapon from an Akinci platform is believed to be the first instance of a cruise missile being launched from a UAV.

On May 12, Turkish missile manufacturer Roketsan fired a Çakir mini-cruise missile from an Akinci UAV at the Sinop test range. 

The head of Turkiye's Defence Industry Agency (SSB), Ismail Demir, was first to announce the test by posting a video, but neither the company nor the SSB have disclosed details of the trial, such as the target type or range. 

The Akinci was flying at an altitude of nearly 23,000ft when the missile was launched.

Demir emphasised in a tweet that the missile was 'fired with an indigenous engine with all critical components and hit the target with pinpoint accuracy'.

The test is also believed

Already have an account? Log in

Want to keep reading this article?

Read this Article

Get access to this article with a Free Basic Account

  • Original curated content, daily across air, land and naval domains
  • 2 free stories per week
  • Personalised news alerts
  • Daily and weekly newsletters
Create account

Unlimited Access

Access to all our premium news as a Premium News 365 Member. Corporate subscriptions available.

  • Original curated content, daily across air, land and naval domains
  • 14-day free trial (cancel at any time)
  • Unlimited access to all published premium news
Start your free trial
Tayfun Özberk


Tayfun Özberk

Tayfun Ozberk is a former naval officer who is an expert in surface warfare, particularly …

Read full bio

Share to