Turkey Test-Fires Longest-Range Ballistic Missile

Turkey test-fired the country’s longest-range missile for the second time on Tuesday.

The Tayfun ballistic missile was fired from a mobile launcher near the port city of Rize on the Black Sea. No further details have been revealed.

In its previous test, the Roketsan missile struck a target 560 kilometers (348 miles) away on October 18, 2022, reportedly twice the range of any operational Turkish missile.

Range to Be Increased

The developer intends to increase the missile’s range to 1,000 kilometers (621 miles). A short-range ballistic missile has a range of 300 to 1,000 kilometers (186 to 621 miles).

This is the first Turkish missile noncompliant with the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). The MTCR compels its signatories not to export drones or missiles with a range over 190 miles and payload exceeding 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds). 

Before that, Turkey unveiled the Bora-1 ballistic missile in 2017 with a range of 273 kilometers (170 miles). The Roketsan missile is operational with the Turkish Army.

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