Turkey Announces Development of Long- Range “Bora” Missile

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On February 6, Turkey’s procurement office announced that the state-controlled missile manufacturer Roketsan is developing a long-range surface-to-surface missile called Bora. The Turkish Undersecretariat of Defense Industries said that “deliveries continue on in line with the program’s timetable,” but failed to specify if the deliveries referred to prototypes or the actual developed system. Security analysts claim that Turkey will soon be able to produce surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 1,000 km. In 2016, the chief of the Undersecretariat of Defense Industries, Ismail Demir, confirmed that Turkey would pursue development of “offensive” missile capabilities for deterrence purposes.