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Roketsan ÇAKIR | Medium Range Cruise Missile Family


Mar 2, 2018
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Roketsan Introduced Çakır, Medium Range cruise Missile

Roketsan introduced its medium-range cruise missile at a press conference today. The missile will replace the Norwegian Kongsberg production Penguin missiles currently in the inventory. Roketsan’s new cruise missile can be launched from fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, Assault Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (AUAVs)/UCAVs, AUSVs, tactical wheeled vehicles and naval platforms.

President of Defence Industries (SSB) Professor İsmail Demir, Vice President of SSB and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Roketsan Professor Faruk Yiğit, Roketsan CEO Murat İkinci, Kale Group Vice Chairman of the Board Osman Okyay and Kale R&D General Manager Cüneyt Kenger attended the ceremony.

Kale's engine KTJ-1750 will be used in Roketsan's Çakır missile. Thus, an essential stage of the Turkish defence industry will be revealed. A French engine was used in the SOM developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE and Atmaca anti-ship missiles developed by Roketsan, the KTJ-3200 engine produced by Kale company was fitted. This time, the missile's engine will be a domestic production and ready from the very beginning. Roketsan and Kale signed today the “National Turbojet Engine Development” agreement for the engine’s output. The engine with 1750 Kn thrust is expected to be qualified by the end of 2022.

Although the Çakır Missile was initially designed as airborne, it can be fired from land and sea platforms by adding a booster. The Çakır Missile is approximately 3.3 meters long, weighing 275 kilograms. The missile will have Dual-Mode IIR/ RF Seeker options. The new cruise missile is expected to be capable of firing air-to-surface, surface-to-surface. The range will be over 150 km. It will work in network-centric warfare.

Çakır will perform tasks involving 3D waypoints defined during mission planning. Network-based datalink facilitates Man-in-the-Loop capability for target update, attack/re-attack for the in-flight target of opportunity and mission abort. Çakır will be able to perform swarm concept missions with inter-communicating missiles. The swarm concept, through which coordinated attack scenarios with multiple missiles are enabled, can be used to overcome hostile defence systems. Çakır will be covered with radar absorbing material. The missile will have super sea-skimming and terrain masking combined with a radar-absorbing structure. It will operate in GPS denied environment thanks to its altimeter-supported inertial navigation system. It will perform the mission under intense electronic jamming.

Roketsan Introduced Çakır, Medium Range cruise Missile

The maiden airborne missile test will be carried out from Akıncı UAV in 2023.
Roketsan Introduced Çakır, Medium Range cruise Missile

The missile will bring the Target Reporting Unit to the Turkish Armed Forces. The unmanned station in the air or on the sea will be able to launch a fire while the other is updating the coordinates of the target. This will not only reduce the cost of conducting a mission, but also it will minimise the risks of operations.



-Hybrid(IIR+RF) seeker

-Electronic warfare payload

-Hybrid(IIR+RF) seeker

-Swarm sensor


  • air-launched:
UCAVs (AKSUNGUR and AKINCI) x4 , Jets (MIUS, MMU, Hurjet, F-16) x4 , MPAs (P-72, P-235) x2 missiles
  • with booster:
Rotary-wings (Seahawk, ATAK-II etc), x2 missiles
  • surface/ground-launched with canister:
AUSVs (ULAQ, NB57, RD09 etc) , Missile Boats, Coastal defense systems


Engines to be used in ÇAKIR missile variants


ÇAKIR Missile Will Get Power From Kale Ar-Ge's KTJ-1750 Turbojet Engine. Thanks to the agility of its design, it can easily perform tasks involving three-dimensional turning points defined during mission planning.

Within the scope of the unveiling ceremony of the Cruise Missile ÇAKIR held on March 31, 2022, the ÇAKIR Project National Turbo-jet Development has also been signed between Roketsan and Kale Ar-Ge.

ÇAKIR offers high destruction capability against targets with its hit point selection on the target and its unique warhead. With its advanced intermediate stage and terminal guidance systems, ÇAKIR is able to engage its targets with high precision in all weather conditions.

“I would like to emphasize the role of Kale Ar-Ge here. It has carried out important studies in the field of cruise missiles, and it has saved us from ending up in the poorhouse in this field. We hope that TEI and Kale Ar-Ge will work closely,” Turkish Defense Industry President Demir stated.

Kale R&D's KTJ-3200 turbojet engine was selected for use in Roketsan's SOM and ATMACA cruise missiles before.

Also an another option: TEI-TJ300
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Design studies of ÇAKIR being developed with Roketsan’s own resources, the first test launch is targeted in 2022, and platform integration is targeted in 2023. ÇAKIR will also be the first cruise missile optimized for Turkish UCAVs.

Main Features of ÇAKIR
Missile Weight≤ 275 kg (Without Launch Motor)

≤ 330 kg (With Launch Engine)
Missile Diameter≤ 275mm
Missile Length≤ 3.3 m (Without Launch Engine)

≤ 4.1 m (With Launch Motor)
Warhead Weight70 kg
Warhead TypeHigh Explosive Semi Penetrating Particle Effect Thermobaric
Flight EngineTurbo Jet Engine
Launch EngineSolid Fuel Launch Engine
Travel SpeedLoud Subsonic (0.75-0.85 Mach)
GuidanceIntermediate Steering:

· Inertial Navigation System
· Jamming Resistant GNSS (Eng. Global Navigation Satellite System)
Radar Altimeter
Barometric Altimeter
Earth Reference Navigation System
Terminal Guidance:
· Seeker with Infrared Imaging (Eng. Imaging Infrared-IIR)
· RF Seeker
Hybrid (IIR+RF) Seeker
DatalinkNetwork Based Bidirectional Data link
PlatformsFixed and Rotary Wing Aerial Vehicles, UAVs, AUSVs, Tactical Wheeled Land Vehicle, Surface Platforms


This should be looked at by Pakistan as cheap land and air-based cruise missile for a multitude of scenarios cheap batteries or launchers will certainly add to the offensive punch think of it as cruise missile "artillery".

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