Ballistic missile testing a ‘message’ to adversaries - Erdoğan

Turkey’s test-launch of a domestically-made short-range ballistic missile over the Black Sea earlier this week was a “message” to the country’s adversaries, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday.

Bloomberg on Tuesday reported that Turkey test-fired the Tayfun, or Typhoon in Turkish, the country’s first short-range ballistic missile, over the country’s northern Black Sea.

Fired off from a mobile platform from an airport near the port city of Rize at around 7 a.m. local time, the missile flew 561 kilometres (350 miles) before falling off the coast of the port of northern town of Sinop, it said, the furthest any such domestically-produced weapon developed in the country has travelled.

"Our UAVs have effectively become legends…. we now have our Typhoon missile, too. These are messages to certain locations, too, and we are watching on with joy,’’ SoL news site cited Erdoğan as saying at a conference in Istanbul.

While Erdoğan stopped short of naming any countries, Turkish state broadcaster TRT showed a map including Greece as being within range of the ballistic missile, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported.

Erdoğan’s remarks are the first addressing the Typhoon, which made headlines earlier this week, when Bloomberg said that Turkey had been working on the secretive missile project for several years, citing sources with knowledge on the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity. 

Turkey’s Defense Industry Presidency, which oversees the development of locally made weapons, refused to divulge any information about the project, Bloomberg said.

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