Turkish defense firm Roketsan has begun delivering the man-portable Sungur anti-aircraft missile to the Turkish Armed Forces, Turkish Defense Industry Agency president Ismail Demir revealed.
The company has delivered the first batch of the variant, expected to replace the FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missile.
1️⃣Portatif hava savunma füze sistemimiz SUNGUR, platformlardan sonra tek er tarafından omuzdan atılan versiyonuyla da Mehmetçiğin hizmetinde!
— Ismail Demir (@IsmailDemirSSB) July 24, 2022
Vehicle-Mounted Version Operational
The Turkish Armed Forces already operates the vehicle-mounted version of the weapon as a short-range air defense system.
The missile is effective against aerial threats such as cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, low-flying fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, according to the manufacturer.
The missile is reportedly being integrated with air and naval platforms as well.
The missile warhead consists of a high-explosive partial piercing warhead and a programable fuse.
The fire-and-forget missile can strike targets at 500 meters to eight kilometers (0.31-5 miles) and an altitude of four kilometers (2.48 miles).
It can be integrated with the HERIKKS-6 air defense early warning command and control system and also features Identification Friend or Foe.
Best in Class
Demir claimed that Sungur is better than other man-portable air defense systems in its category.
“The weapon stands out with its imaging infrared seeker head, which is resistant to deception countermeasures, with a longer range than its counterparts, and the opportunity to lock on enemy elements from a greater distance than the eye can see,” he wrote on Twitter.