The Turks successfully tested the SIPER long-range anti-aircraft system – What does it mean in the Aegean and Greek-Turkish?

They believe it will be an alternative to the S-400 and Patriot

Turkey Tested Domestic Long-Range SIPER Missile Defense System,” is the title of a reputable media article whose highlights are as follows

“During the test, SIPER hit the target at an altitude of 26,000 feet, while the Aselsan-developed EIRS-based search radar, fire control center and missile launch system were tested for the first time.

The test conducted was in “full operation” because the Turkish defense communication systems were actively used.

So far there was no detailed information on the structure of SIPER.

Aselsan refrained from sharing them, but after the latest test, it became clear that SIPER consists of a fire control center, fire control radar, search radar, missile launch system, missile transport system, launch missiles, communication station, communication transmission system, maintenance , repair tools, simulator and training parts.

More about SIPER

Turkey’s long-range SIPER air and missile defense system provides long-range air defense of strategic installations against enemy attacks and has a distributed architecture.

The system has multiple engagement capabilities providing sustained fire and operating in harsh weather conditions, on the ground or in the air.

The new missile system allows for the integration of higher command control with multiple tactical data links, a link to the Radar Network Management System [RADNET] and the Air Force Information System [HvBS].

SIPER’s main features are information management and dissemination within command control, multiple and sequential firing, threat assessment and weapon distribution, multiple firing modes, manual, semi-automatic and automatic, automatic diagnostic check, multi-radar multi-purpose fusion , two-way missile communication, HvBS interface, Radnet connection, embedded simulation and more.

SIPER search system and fire control radar

Following the contract signed between SSB and ASELSAN for the needs of the Air Force Command, a long range search radar, UMAR, and a multifunctional fire control radar, CFAKR, with a high mobility system structure are being developed.

Both UMAR and CFAKR are new generation radars with AESA antenna architecture and digital beamforming infrastructure.

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The radars can use meteorological data to increase their detection and tracking performance, and their AESA architecture and modular design support the concepts of low maintenance cost and high availability.

UMAR is derived from the TEIRS radar. CFAKR, on the other hand, is designed within the SİPER system.

The CFAKR antenna can be used in 360 degree side coverage sector mode with a swivel or upright antenna. As a fire control radar, it can track multiple targets with enough sensitivity to guide the system’s missiles to the target at long range.

At the same time, thanks to its multi-functional structure, it can also perform regional/area search function in case of need.

In addition to the AESA radar, it also includes subsystems that provide the 5 IFF function and missile data line communication.

The CFAKR built on a 6×6 tactical vehicle can easily move on the ground

With its compact design, the CFAKR can be easily transported over long distances by being loaded onto many general transport platforms.”


In our previous article we pointed out that Turkey is creating domestic missile air defense systems


Specifically in May 2021, Turkey tested its HISAR A+. This short-range air defense missile system is capable of protecting military bases, ports, installations and troops from aerial threats.

The country is now equipped with two surface-to-air missile systems of the HISAR family, the medium-range HISAR O+ which can engage targets at a distance of up to 25 km and an altitude of up to 20 km, and the short-range HISAR A+ capable of engaging targets up to 15 kilometers (9.3 miles)

Now the long-range SIPER has been tested, the Turks give a range of 150 km, which will be an alternative to the S-400 and Patriot.

The system, which is planned to be operational in 2023, is said to eliminate all airborne threats in the most reliable way, according to the Turks.

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Turkish air defense today

In the current phase, the Turkish air defense of Turkey is extremely weak and problematic, but even in the case of the realization of the Turkish dreams of creating their own air defense, it will fall short of the Greek one.

The reports by many Turkish analysts about the S-400s locking down the Aegean and the SE Mediterranean depending on their class position stumbles over a simple argument.

With what anti-aircraft defenses will the heart of the Turkish military industry based in Ankara, Eskisehir and Istanbul be protected in the event, hypothetically speaking, of a Greek-Turkish conflict, when the S-400s will be deployed far from the area between these three cities?

Because of course it is understood that Turkey’s first concern will be the safeguarding of its war industry and then the Aegean and the SE Mediterranean.

Finally, it is estimated that Turkey needs 8-10 long-range arrays, such as the S-400, Patriot, or the domestic Siper, in order to fully cover its territory, which of course does not exist today.

Finally, in any case the future creation of a single anti-aircraft system at low, medium and high altitude with the domestic Turkish anti-aircraft missiles HISAR A+, HISAR O+, and SIPER respectively is something very ambitious by the Turks but at the same time something that should trouble us, since it will increase the capabilities of the poor Turkish air defense.

The extent to which Turkish anti-aircraft approaches in terms of reliability and capabilities the already known Western ones is a question.

In any case, our country with the RAFALE and F-35 will have the air advantage in the Aegean, even after the implementation of the Turks to create a “domestic air defense”.

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