The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Hurkus basic trainer/light attack aircraft conducted its first firing test with launching a Roketsan LUMTAS laser-guided long-range air-to-surface anti-tank missile.
Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) announced that the LUMTAS missile, fired from a Hurkus at the Firing Test and Evaluation Group Command test range near the central Anatolian town of Konya-Karapinar, hit its target successfully.
“The test fire show was carried out with the participation of National Defense Minister Fikri Işık, Land Forces Commander Salih Zeki Colak, Undersecretary Ismail Demir, foreign attaches and military senior personnel,” SSM said.
The LUMTAS, which is capable of engaging targets at ranges out to 8 km, is also being developed with an anti-personnel warhead as an alternative to its tandem anti-tank warhead. LUMTAS missile is a derivative of the UMTAS long-range anti-tank missile designed for the T-129 ATAK combat helicopter. Besides, LUMTAS can be installed on a wide range of platforms such as helicopters, light armored vehicles, close air support aircraft, Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), ground fixed-position and surface ships. It is designed to engage armored targets day/night and in adverse weather conditions at ranges between 500 to 8000 meters using an insensitive tandem warhead suitable against explosive reactive armor (ERA) protected vehicles.