Roketsan’s Cruise Missile ÇAKIR, which can be launched from land, naval and, air platforms, is set to become a new force multiplier for armed forces with its state-of-the-art features and varying payloads including warheads and electronic warfare systems. The company introduced its new weapon during a press meeting held on 31 March in the company’s Lalahan facilities.
ÇAKIR, Roketsan’s new Cruise Missile can be launched from fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV), armed unmanned surface vehicles (AUSV), tactical wheeled vehicles and naval platforms, and offers operational versatility against land and surface targets. With a range of over 150 kilometres, ÇAKIR can attack; surface targets, land targets, strategic land targets, field targets and, caves.
Equipped with a domestic and national KTJ-1750 turbojet engine developed by Kale R&D and the agility brought by its design, ÇAKIR easily performs tasks involving 3D waypoints defined during mission planning. With a unique warhead and hit point selection feature, the Cruise Missile offers a high destructive force against enemy targets. ÇAKIR owes the ability to engage targets with high precision under all weather conditions to its advanced mid-phase and terminal phase guidance systems. Network-based datalink facilitates Man-in-the-Loop capability for target update, attack, re-attack for the in-flight target of opportunity and mission abort.
The most prominent features of ÇAKIR are; its design, which allows the platform to carry multiple missiles up to four, and its ability to perform swarm missions with inter-communicating missiles. The swarm concept, through which coordinated attack scenarios with multiple missiles are enabled, can be used to overcome enemy defence systems, and ensures high effectivity against single or multiple targets. ÇAKIR’s ability for super sea-skimming and terrain masking in combination with radar-absorbing structure minimizes its detectability by enemy air-defence systems and offers high survivability. Thanks to its Antijam Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and altimeter-supported inertial navigation system, ÇAKIR continues on its trajectory even in the event of intense electronic jamming.
Initiated with Roketsan’s resources, the design studies of the indigenous and national ÇAKIR cruise missile are continuing, with first tests scheduled for 2022, and platform integration for 2023.
Technical Specifications of ÇAKIR
|Range||150 + km|
|Missile Weight||≤ 275 kg (Without Booster) ≤ 330 kg (With Booster)|
|Missile Diameter||≤ 275 mm|
|Missile Length||≤ 3.3 m (Without Booster) ≤ 4.1 m (With Booster)|
|Warhead Weight||70 kg|
|Warhead Type||High-Explosive Semi-Armour Piercing Blast Fragmentation Thermobaric|
|Flight Engine||Turbojet Engine|
|Booster||Solid Fuel Launch Engine|
|Navigation Speed||High Subsonic (Mach 0.75–0.85)|
|Guidance||Mid-Phase Guidance: Inertial Navigation System Antijam Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Radar Altimeter Barometric Altimeter Terrain Referenced Navigation System Terminal Phase Guidance: Imaging Infrared-IIR RF Seeker Hybrid (IIR+RF) Seeker|
|Datalink||Network-Based Bidirectional Datalink|
|Platforms||Fixed and Rotary Wing Air Vehicles, UCAVs, AUSVs, Tactical Wheeled Land Vehicles, and Surface Platforms|