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Turkiye's Tayfun ballistic missile heads for mass production after second test firing

30th May 2023 - 13:30 GMT | by Tayfun Özberk in Istanbul


The test launch took place from Rize-Artvin on the Black Sea coast. The site is further away from Ukrainian and Russian airspace than the range at Sinop. (Photo: SSB)

The second test firing in May used a different mobile launcher to the first, as developer Roketsan says the short-range ballistic missile is ready for mass production.

On 23 May, the head of the Turkish Defence Agency (SSB),  Ismail Demir, announced the second test firing of Roketsan's Tayfun short-range ballistic missile (SRBM), the country's first such weapon programme.

He shared a short video prepared for the test, but neither he nor Roketsan officials revealed any information about firing. It is known that the missile was launched at 06:44am at the Rize-Artvin airport site on the Black Sea coast.

The first test firing was aimed at a target at 560km distance in October 2022.

In this test last year, the Tayfun missile was mounted on a BMC 525-44 8x8

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Tayfun Özberk


Tayfun Özberk

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

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