Turkey intends to use its recently tested MIZRAK-U missile on T-129 attack helicopters being co-produced with AgustaWestland. (AgustaWestland)
ANKARA — Turkey’s state-owned missile specialist Roketsan has successfully tested a long-range anti-tank missile it has been developing, the country’s procurement agency has announced.
The first guided firing test for MIZRAK-U was conducted from a Cobra AH-1S helicopter and hit a target at a distance of 3.5 kilometers.
The office said that MIZRAK-U would be used in the T-129 attack helicopters being co-produced by a partnership of Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industries and Italian-British AgustaWestland.
MIZRAK-U has a maximum range of eight kilometers, and its serial production will start in 2015. The missile has a homing imaging infrared seeker with radio frequency data link and with tandem-high explosive warhead and a laser-seeker option.
The missile’s medium-range version, MIZRAK-O, has a four-kilometer range and similar characteristics to MIZRAK-U.