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Turkey begins work on ICBM

Project to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile

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The Turkish Armed Forces have begun working on a project to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Turkish broadcaster NTV reported on its website Tuesday.

A decision to launch the project was made in a July 17 meeting of the Defense Industry Executive Board, headed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel. ErdoÄŸan had previously requested that the military develop missiles with a 2,500-kilometer range.

The board decided to form a satellite launch centre that would have a two-fold effect on Turkey’s aerospace and military endeavours, reports daily Hurriyet.

First, the centre will enable Turkey to place its own satellites in orbit, and second, the centre will allow the Turkish military to launch missiles that can navigate outside of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Attaining an ICBM launch capability is reportedly the chief aim of the satellite launch centre.

The Turkish Defense Ministry, the Defense Industry Undersecretariat and the Scientific and Research Council of Turkey (TÜBÄ°TAK), have been jointly working on the project for some time.

The report said Ankara could cooperate with an undisclosed Eastern European country to develop the satellite launch centre.

The ICBM project, meanwhile, has sought to improve on the SOM cruise missile developed by TÜBÄ°TAK.

The SOM cruise missile has a current range of 300 kilometres.

The range would first be increased to 1,500 and later to 2,500 kilometres within the project, according to the report.

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