The qualifying trials of the Ukrainian-Turkish SERDAR anti-tank missile launching system, developed for a foreign customer, have been completed in Ukraine.
The system was jointly developed by Luch Design Bureau and SpetsTechnoExport, part of Ukraine’s Ukroboronprom enterprise, and Turkish company Aselsan. The company said it is ready for serial supplies within the existing contract with a foreign customer and also expects orders from MoD of Ukraine and Turkey.
The Turkish company acted as the developer and integrator of the system, in particular, stabilization system, fire control systems, targets detection and tracking system, infrared/video imagers and laser range finder, etc. SpetsTechnoExport provided supply and integration of Skif anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) developed and produced by Luch Design Bureau as well as guidance and control systems.
SERDAR anti-tank missile launching system is a versatile remotely controlled and stabilized weapon system that provides high effectiveness of defensive and offensive operations against ground targets in day/night and adverse weather conditions.
As a main weapon, the system carries a version of the Skif precision guided anti-tank munition with two (in some versions – four) launchers for RK-2S missiles with tandem HEAT warhead. These 130 mm caliber precision missiles are capable of destroying a target at a distance of 5 km and breaking through armor of 800 mm thickness behind active protection.
In case of customer request, SERDAR can be equipped with launchers for RK-2M 152 mm caliber precision guided missiles. In such case, the combat range of the missiles will be 5.5 km, and armor piercing capability will increase up to 1100 mm behind protection.
The system is also equipped with two 12.7 mm and 7.62 mm caliber machine guns.
The system is light weight and small in size, and is suitable for integration on variety of existing or new armoured high mobility fighting vehicles, considerably upgrading their lethality. It allows the system to be operated from inside the vehicle with a high degree of precision to protect the gunner or/and commander.
This project is the first example of joint promotion of Ukrainian-Turkish defense products to the markets of third countries. The SERDAR anti-tank missile launching system was demonstrated for the first time during the test in Ukraine in May 2018.