Turkey's Ramjet Propelled Air-to-Air Missile for F-16s to be Tested Soon

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  • 04:55 AM, April 6, 2023
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Turkey's Ramjet Propelled Air-to-Air Missile for F-16s to be Tested Soon
F-16 fighter @U.S.A.F.

An F-16 fighter will soon test-fire Turkey’s GÖKHAN ramjet propelled air-to-air missile.

The missile was developed by Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK SAGE) under the GÖKTUĞ project.

“Work on the GÖKHAN project is at a very good point. Soon, we will start with the first land firings and then move on to firing the missile from air platforms. I can say that the GÖKHAN missile is ahead of its schedule,” TÜBİTAK SAGE Manager Gürcan Okumuş was quoted as saying by Turkish news outlet M5.

Turkey's Ramjet Propelled Air-to-Air Missile for F-16s to be Tested Soon
MBDA Meteor missile @MBDA

GÖKHAN will be armed on the U.S.-made F-16 and Turkey’s National Combat Aircraft TF-X. GÖKHAN ramjet engine will bring advantages similar to MBDA’s Meteor missile. This supersonic beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) is expected to have an operational range of 100 km, and the “no-escape zone” might be around 60 km.

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