The Korkut is the newest product in the Turkish family of short-range anti-aircraft gun, developed by ASELSAN
Korkut self-propelled anti-aircraft gun was developed to replace the aging M42A1 Duster systems of the Turkish Armed Forces. Based on the ACV-30 armored combat vehicle, a Korkut air defense complex consists of two components: 3 Korkut self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicles and a Korkut KKA command and control vehicle with integrated search radar.
They are built on the ACV-30 amphibious tracked chassis and are capable of operating in the same battle formations with other armored vehicles of the Turkish army, providing it with protection from various air attack weapons.
Korkut self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicles
The Korkut anti-aircraft self-propelled gun has an unmanned turret, armed with two Oerlikon KDC-02 35 mm cannons, produced under license at MKEK factories. Guns are fully stabilized, which can fire on the move.
There are magazines for 400 rounds with a linkless feed, providing a quick change of the type of shot. It can use conventional 35 mm ammunition, as well as airburst ammunition, which is also produced by ASELSAN. Each weapons system can fire up to 1100 rounds a minute up to a range of 4 km.
Search for targets and fire control are carried out using radar and OLS on the tower. The radar from ASELSAN provides target tracking and automatic weapon guidance. The locator is duplicated by optics, which protects the vehicle from electronic warfare.
Korkut command and control vehicle
The command and control vehicle has an effective radar range of 70 km. On the roof is installed a mast with radar and optoelectronic stations. The main means of tracking the situation in the air and on the ground is the three-coordinate circular-view radar developed by ASELSAN. There is a friend or foe identification equipment. In the near zone, it is possible to use an optoelectronic unit with day, night and rangefinder channels.
Despite their small numbers, the Korkut self-propelled anti-aircraft gun has engaged in real operations. Korkut had its first real battle in October 2016, having successfully destroyed many rockets fired by ISIS. In mid-January 2020, it was known that some of these complexes were moved to Libyan territory to cover Turkey’s friendly local armies.
In mid-August 2020, satellite images released by Twitter account Safsata14 showed the Korkut self-propelled anti-aircraft gun system was deployed by Turkey to Al-Watiya airbase in western Libya.
|Type||Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun|
|Place of origin||Turkey|
|In service||2016 – present|
|Manufacturer||Aselsan and FNSS|
|No. built||13 systems|
|Length||7 m (23 ft)|
|Width||3.9 m (13 ft)|
|Height||2.2 m (7.2 ft)|
|Caliber||35 mm (1.38in)|
|Rate of fire||1100 rpm|
|Maximum firing range||4 km|
|35 mm dual-barrelled autocannon (with 400 rounds)|
|Stinger or Igla-S MANPADS|
|Maximum speed||65 km/h (road)|