Turkish missile producer Roketsan Tuesday successfully tested the Tayfun (Typhoon) short-range ballistic missile in the country’s Black Sea province of Rize. Tayfun is now Turkey’s longest-range missile to date, surpassing previous missile systems. In October 2022, during a previous test, the missile showcased its capabilities by accurately hitting a target from a distance of 560 kilometers (approximately 348 miles).
Ismail Demir, the head of the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), congratulated the team involved in the project. Meanwhile, the images of the Cenk ballistic missile, announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an following the introduction of Tayfun, were displayed for the first time by the SSB head on May 12, 2023. The Cenk is larger than Roketsan’s earlier ballistic missile systems, Bora and Tayfun.
State-owned weapons company Roketsan unveiled the Bora-1 (Turkish for “Storm-1”) ballistic missile, which has a much shorter range of 170 miles, in 2017. According to company, the Bora-1 has a 470-kilogram warhead and is accurate to within 50 meters. Turkey reportedly fired one of these missiles at a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) target in Iraqi Kurdistan in May 2019.
Roketsan is a leading developer of missile and rocket systems. The company has developed several types of smart ammunition that were fired from the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) in several warzones, including Syria, Karabakh and Ukraine, destroying enemy military gear from tanks and howitzers to air defense systems.