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Korhan Özkilinc

Turkish missile manufacturer Roketsan has developed anti-tank missiles in cooperation with the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF), which have now reached the phase of series production with deliveries beginning. The product family consists of the long-range anti-tank missile system (UMTAS), the laser-guided long-range anti-tank missile system (L-UMTAS) and the medium-range anti-tank weapon system (OMTAS). The UMTAS and L-UMTAS have a diameter of 160mm at a length of 1.8m and weigh 37.5kg while both missiles have an effectiveness of 500m to 8000m. The UMTAS has an Imaging Infrared (IIR) Seeker, laser and CCTV while L-UMTAS has a Laser Seeker. The first series of L-UMTAS rockets were delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces in 2016 and were successfully used in several military exercises and for UMTAS, the product and production qualification phase was completed in 2017.

The effectiveness of OMTAS is 200-4000m with a diameter of 160mm and length of 1.8m, the weight is 35kg (Missile+Launch Tube) or 36kg (including the tripod launcher system). The integration of UMTAS, L-UMTAS and OMTAS in land platforms and for the integration of UMTAS and L-UMTAS in rotorcraft air and naval platforms will continue. The product family is capable of meeting the various requirements of the modern battlefield and will also provide users with the best possible ability to react against the constantly improving tank technologies and dynamic threats for many years.


The KHAN surface-to-surface missile system, also manufactured by Roketsan, has a diameter of 610mm, with a total weight of 2500kg of which 470kg is High Explosive Blast Fragmentation. The missile system has a solid rocket motor which enables the missile to achieve a range of 80-280 km and it is controlled by an aerodynamic control system with an electromechanical propulsion system capable of engaging high priority targets with intense and effective firepower, such as enemy armoured vehicles and other high-value targets such as command posts and defence batteries. The missile is controlled by its guidance system, which is equipped with an Inertial Navigation System (INS) supported by the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS).

The KHAN missile system can be deployed day and night, in any weather and terrain by an 8×8 tactical launch vehicle, with a commander assisted by a crew of three. Roketsan had signed an agreement on the KHAN Missile System Logistic Support Project with the Presidency of the Defence Industry (SSB) on 25th January 2019 and in December, a test firing was carried out where a target within the maximum range of the KHAN weapon system was hit.