Turkish defense company ASELSAN A.Åž signed a contract with an undisclosed International customer to supply $93.2 million worth of acommand/control system, anti-tank missile launching systems and firing detection systems. The contract was signed between ASELSAN and one of its international clients. the company did not reveal details about the exported systems and the country. However, the SERDAR Antitank Missile System can be spotted in the images via which ASELSAN announced the export contract. SERDAR was exported to Qatar before. However, sources speculated that the buyer could be Azerbaijan or even Ukraine. The deliveries will be made between 2020-2021.
Developers of the first Ukrainian-Turkish anti-tank missile launching system, known as â€˜SERDAR’, have completed the qualifying trials of the remote weapon station. SERDAR is a joint development of the Turkish company Aselsan with Ukroboronprom enterprises Luch Design Bureau and SpetsTechnoExport. The Turkish firm handled the development and integration of the system, including components such as stabilisation system, fire control systems, targets detection and tracking system. SpetsTechnoExport is responsible for the supply and integration of â€˜SKIF’ anti-tank guided missiles developed and produced by Luch Design Bureau.
SERDAR has been developed to perform defense mission of tracked and wheeled land platforms primarily against armored main battle tanks. The Weapon Platform can be customized in order to carry the amount of missiles required by the customer. The system features a mobile version of SKIF with two launchers for RK-2S missiles. The 130mm calibre precision missiles can hit and destroy the target at a distance of 5km and break through 800mm-thick armour. Additionally, SERDAR is fitted with a 12.7mm machine gun as the main rifle and a secondary 7.62mm gun. The missile launching system can be customised to include launchers for RK-2M 152mm calibre precision-guided missiles. This will help increase the combat range of the missiles to 5.5km.
ASELSAN A.Åž., (Askeri Elektronik Sanayi) is a Turkish defense corporation headquartered in Ankara, Turkey. Its main operating area is research, development and manufacture of advanced military products for air, land and maritime forces. The company is one of the major contractors of Turkish Armed Forces. ASELSAN has associated companies in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. Besides, the company announced in October 2015 that they are planning to expand their South African business “by seeking partnerships to form a private company out of its local branch ASELSAN South Africa”.