The Turkish Fırtına (Strom) 155 mm self-propelled howitzer will gain more precise strike capability ROKETSAN’s Range Correction Kit (Mesafece Düzeltme Kiti, MDK). The Range Correction Kit is a guidance kit that provides range correction. This product, which is in the form of a fuze, will be mounted on various ammunition, primarily 155 mm cannon shots. Although the kit does not increase the detonation effect of the ammunition, it ensures that the point where the ammunition falls is approaching the target point in range.
The Range Correction Kit (MDK) gives howitzer commanders a precision weapon that is locally available, regardless of weather conditions (unlike bombs dropped from aircraft). Because the MDK is so accurate, the risks of friendly-fire casualties and collateral damage are no longer deterrents to using gun artillery in urban environments. The Range Correction Kit solution can be used in operational use, in residential districts and in areas where close contact with the enemy is provided, with the high precision strike capability it provides.
The Range Correction Kit consists of a kind of mobile asymmetrically moving out of the shell fuse to adapt the trajectory of the shell to accurately reach the targeted point. The development work of the Range Correction Kit, which allows the fins integrated with the plug to open at the specified time by using the deviation value at the initial speed, and corrects the distance through the resulting air brake, continued. In addition to mortar ammunition, Range Correction Kit could also be used with 105/155 mm artillery ammunition.
According to Defenceturk, a development and mass production contract was signed between Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries and ROKETSAN for the design and production of a guidance kit with domestic resources to reinforce its high use with high precision strike capability. ASELSAN was working on directing the ammunition to the target precisely by correcting the flank and/or distance in order to increase the strike sensitivity of the artillery and mortar ammunition. The project was transferred from ASELSAN to ROKETSAN and it is now entrusted to ROKETSAN engineers.