Turkey successfully tests its future air-to-air missile Gokdogan

According to information published by TRT World on July 11, 2022, the head of Türkiye's Defence Industries Presidency (SSB) Ismail Demir has announced that the country has successfully tested its homegrown beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), Gokdogan. The missile is expected to be delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces this year

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Turkey successfully tests its future air to air missile Gokdogan Goktogan (Peregrine) Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile, IDEF. (Picture source: Air Recognition)

GÖKTUĞ is a Turkish program by TÜBİTAK-SAGE to develop four variants of air-to-air missiles that are to be launched from F-16s as well as future Turkish indigenous Hürjets and TF-Xs.

These missiles are going to be Turkey's first indigenous air-to-air missiles. Bozdoğan (Merlin) are short-range infrared homing and Gökdoğan (Peregrine) are beyond visual range active radar homing missiles. Both missiles were successfully flight-tested in 2018.

The Peregrine BVRAAM (Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile) has solid-state active radio frequency smart seeker with fire and forget capability and electronic counter-countermeasures and will be using all aspect engagement capable home on jam techniques with data link update capable data link using lock-on after launch techniques.

In the words of the manufacturer, it will have high thrust with reduced smoke solid propellant technology and completely electronic safe and reliable rocket motor arming and firing system.

It too will have a design to maximize probability of kill and its fuze too will be reliable. It will be compatible to the MIL-STD-1553 and MIL-STD-1760 military standards and is designed for use with the LAU-129 guided missile launcher.