Developers of the first Ukrainian-Turkish anti-tank missile launching system, known as ‘SERDAR’, have completed the qualifying trials of the remote weapon station.
Trials were performed in Ukraine and set the stage for serial supplies within the existing contract with an unidentified foreign customer.
SERDAR is a joint development of the Turkish company Aselsan with Ukroboronprom enterprises Luch Design Bureau and SpetsTechnoExport.
Aselsan and its partners expect that the system will draw interest from the defence ministries of Ukraine and Turkey.
The Turkish firm handled the development and integration of the system, including components such as stabilisation system, fire control systems, targets detection and tracking system, infrared / video imagers and laser range finder.
SpetsTechnoExport is responsible for the supply and integration of ‘SKIF’ anti-tank guided missiles developed and produced by Luch Design Bureau. The company also provides guidance and control systems.
SERDAR is a remotely controlled and stabilised weapon system that can be used to perform defensive and offensive operations against ground targets. The system is suitable for day, night and adverse weather conditions.
The system features a mobile version of SKIF with two launchers for RK-2S missiles.
The 130mm calibre precision missiles can hit and destroy the target at a distance of 5km and break through 800mm-thick armour.
Additionally, SERDAR is fitted with a 12.7mm machine gun as the main rifle and a secondary 7.62mm gun.
SpetsTechnoExport noted that the missile launching system can be customised to include launchers for RK-2M 152mm calibre precision-guided missiles.
This will help increase the combat range of the missiles to 5.5km.
In a statement, SpetsTechnoExport said: “The system is lightweight, low volume and suitable for integration with a 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.”