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Korkut

35 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun

Korkut SPAAG

The Korkut is a new Turkish low-altitude air defense system

 
 
Country of origin Turkey
Entered service 2019
Crew 3 ~ 4
Dimensions and weight
Weight ?
Length (gun forward)  ~ 7 m
Hull length  ~ 7 m
Width 3.9 m
Height ~ 4 m
Armament
Main gun 2 x 35 mm
Machine guns -
Projectile weight 0.55 kg
Maximum slant range 3 km
Maximum firing range 4 km
Rate of fire 2 x 550 rpm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 400 rounds
Machine guns -
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ~ 600 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 2 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The Korkut is a recent Turkish low-altitude air defense system. It was designed to replace the ageing M42A1 Duster systems of the Turkish Armed Forces. Its main role is to protect mobile combat units against various air threats. Production contract for this Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun (SPAAG) was signed in 2016. First serial Korkut systems were delivered in 2019. The Korkut is jointly produced by ASELSAN and FNSS. Though production numbers are rather humble. By 2020 only 13 of these systems were delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces. This Turkish artillery system saw action in Lybia.

   The Korkut was designed to protect mechanized troops and mobile combat units, as well as key installations against various air threats. It can be used against hostile helicopters, UAVs and ground attack aircraft. It can also engage air-to-ground missiles and cruise missiles. The Korkut also has a secondary capability against various ground targets and infantry in buildings. It can easily destroy most lightly armored vehicles, such as armored personnel carriers, most infantry fighting vehicles, self-propelled artillery systems, trucks and so on.

   The Korkut has an unmanned turret, armed with two Oerlikon KDC-02 35 mm cannons. These are license-produced in Turkey by MKEK. Guns are fully stabilized, so this SPAAG can fire one the move.

   It can use conventional 35 mm ammunition, as well as airburst ammunition, which is also produced by ASELSAN. The use of airburst ammunition significantly improves effectiveness of this system. Maximum range of fire is 4 km.

   Maximum rate of fire is 550 rounds per minute for a single gun. This air defense system uses a linkless ammunition feed mechanism. It allows to load two different types of ammunition at the same time. It takes less than 15 seconds to change the type of ammunition being fired. A total of 400 rounds of ammunition are carried for both guns.

   The Korkut uses a tracking radar and electro-optical sensors including TV camera, thermal camera, and laser rangefinder to detect and track the air targets.

   The Korkut is based on an ACV-AD (also known as ACV-30) armored tracked chassis, provided by FNSS. It resembles that of the US Bradley IFV.

Its armor provides protection for the crew against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. There is an NBC protection system for the crew.

   This SPAAG is operated by a crew of 3 or 4.

   Vehicle is powered by a diesel engine, developing around 600 hp. It is mated to an automatic transmission. There is an auxiliary power unit, which powers all systems when the main engine is turned off. This combat vehicle is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by two waterjets.

   A battery includes 3 Korkut self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicles and Korkut KKA command and control vehicle with integrated search radar. This command vehicle is based on the same FNSS ACV-AD tracked armored chassis. It can detect air targets at a range of up to 70 km. It has an integrated friend or foe identification system and coordinates operation with higher echelon air defense units.

 

Variants

 

   Korkut-D is a naval close-in weapon system. It uses a similar unmanned turret with two 35 mm cannons.

 

 

 
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