This story has been updated with a timeline on Hisar O+ deliveries.
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s state-controlled missile-maker Roketsan has completed deliveries of its low-range air defense system to the military, and begun serial production of the medium-range variant.
“The Hisar A+ [low-range version of the Hisar program] has been delivered with all its elements,” Turkey’s top procurement official, Ismail Demir, announced July 10 on Twitter.
Demir also said Roketsan will start serial production of the Hisar O+, the medium-range version of the Hisar program. Recently, Demir said, the Hisar O+ successfully shot fast-speed targets at high altitude.
On July 13, Demir announced deliveries of the Hisar O+ will be completed in 2024.
Hisar air defense missiles are used to protect military bases, ports, facilities and troops against rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, cruise missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and drones.
Both Hisar A+ and Hisar O+ have modular structures as part of their family concept, and are designed to be compatible with different platforms, fire control systems, and command-and-control infrastructure.
Each Hisar system features a vertical launch capability with 360-degree coverage, a dual-stage rocket motor, a multiplatform integration interface and a thrust vector control system.
Hisar A+ and Hisar O+ have intercept ranges of 15 kilometers and 25 kilometers, respectively. They both use high-explosion fragmentation is the warhead design. They are powered by dual-pulse, solid-propellant engines.
Roketsan has partnered with Tubitak SAGE to develop and produce the Hisar missiles. Tubitak SAGE is the local defense industry’s research and development institute of the state scientific institute Tubitak.
Burak Ege Bekdil is a Turkey correspondent for Defense News. He has written for Hurriyet Daily News, and worked as Ankara bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires and CNBC-e television. He is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum and regularly writes for the Middle East Quarterly and Gatestone Institute.