HISAR A+ Air Defence Missile System Ready for Mass Production

Turkey has successfully completed tests for its first domestically produced air defence missile system HISAR A+, and now it is ready for mass production. Turkey's Presidency of Defense Industries  (SSB) shared a video on Twitter on 16 December showing the launch, target tracking, and kinetic impact. 

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On Wednesday, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that the final trials of Hisar-A+ were concluded and a target plane was successfully downed by the system on Dec. 11, reports Anadolu Agency.

Turkey's Presidency of Defense Industries  (SSB) shared a video on twitter showing the launch, target tracking, and kinetic impact. SSB said in its Tweet that the high-speed target plane was successfully shot at a distance range in a shot using the War title developed by TUBITAK SAGE.

“The most recent test was delayed for a few months. An embargo was imposed on a part that was normally supplied from abroad. What happened then? We made the indigenous part in a short time and integrated it into our missile and we reached the result,” President Erdoğan said.

HISAR-A+ is an upgraded version of the HISAR-A ADS. It has a prevention range of 15 kilometres, a prevention altitude of 8 kilometres, and provides 360 degrees of activity. It is capable of simultaneously engaging and firing at 6 targets at a time.

It is claimed that this system can defend against fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and air-to-land missiles, as well as protect fixed troops and mobile armored troops.

This announcement of successful testing and readiness for mass production comes at a time when Turkey has been slapped with sanctions by the U.S., under CAATSA 231, for buying Russian-made S-400 long-range air defence systems.

U.S. sanctions against Turkey include "a ban on all U.S. export licenses and authorisations to SSB and an asset freeze and visa restrictions on Dr. Ismail Demir, SSB’s president, and other SSB officers," said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement on 14 December.

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