Turkey recently successfully tested the “copy of S-400” air defense system called Siper, marking an important stage before putting it into combat.

The Turkish-made Siper is considered quite similar to the S-400 system when it applies some of the technologies of Russian weapons. The Turkish Defense Industry Agency announced that the air defense missile “SIPER” was successfully test-fired at the Sinop firing range on August 26, 2022.

The SIPER system will allow Area Air Defence of Strategic Facilities against enemy attacks at Long Range, and in distributed architecture. Project is being conducted in partnership with ASELSAN, ROKETSAN and TÜBİTAK SAGE. In the test, the search radar, fire control center and EIRS missile launcher developed by Aselsan company were tested for the first time, and gave very positive results.

During the test firing, the supersonic unmanned target drone was detected by the EIRS radar produced by Aselsan, and the missile hit the target at a range of more than 90 kilometers and an altitude of more than 26,000 feet. The first test-firing of the SIPER Block-0 missile was conducted in November 2021.

In an interview with Turkish state broadcaster TRT TV in September 2021, Ismail Demir stated that SIPER will be an S-400-equivalent air defense system, and that they are working on a 5-year schedule to meet the requirements of such a system. The SIPER missile is of great importance in meeting Turkiye’s need for layered air defense with indigenous resources. Designed to protect strategic facilities against enemy attacks as part of regional air defense, SIPER will provide long-range air defense in a distributed architecture.

The first deliveries are scheduled for 2023. Subsequently, the development process of new models that can be effective against both air-breathing targets and ballistic missiles up to a range of 150 km, will be completed and become operational. Although there is no official statement, the Turkish Navy’s future TF-2000 air-defence destroyer, scheduled to enter service after 2027, is expected to be armed with the SIPER air defense system.

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