Turkey launches intercontinental ballistic missile development project

Turkey launches intercontinental ballistic missile development project

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Turkish Armed Forces have begun working on a project to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Hurriyet Daily News reported citing broadcaster NTV.

A decision to launch the project was made during a July 17 meeting of the Defense Industry Executive Board, headed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and General Staff chief Necdet Özel.

Erdoğan had previously requested that the military develop missiles with a 2,500-kilometer range.

According to NTV, Ankara could cooperate with an undisclosed Eastern European country to develop the satellite launch center.

The ICBM project, meanwhile, has sought to improve on the SOM cruise missile developed by TÜBİTAK. The SOM cruise missile has a current range of 300 kilometers. The range would first be increased to 1,500 and later to 2,500 kilometers within the project, according to the report.

The report did not elaborate on whether the SOM's planned 2,500-kilometer range would be increased even further or whether its increased range would be utilized to develop an ICBM separately, as missiles with ranges under 5,500 kilometers are not considered "intercontinental."

The countries known to currently have ICBMs in their military arsenal are Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China and India.

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