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Aselsan delivers new modernized 35mm air defense gun systems to Turkish army.

| 2021

According to a Tweet published by the Turkish Defense Association (SSB), the Turkish armed forces continue to take delivery of the modernized version of 35mm towed air defense system mounted on a four wheels trailer.
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The new modernized version of the 35mm air defense gun system with the firing and control command system. (Picture source Aselsan)

The Turkish company Aselsan has modernized the towed 35mm Oerlikon air defense gun system which is in service with the Turkish armed forces. The original GDF-003B twin-barreled was produced under license by the Turkish company MKEK.

The Aselsan 35mm is upgraded to be more efficient against current aerial threats including air-to-ground missiles, cruise missiles, and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). The 35mm cannons are now able to fire airburst ammunition produced by Aselsan. The concept of air burst ammunition came up in order to increase the efficiency of the gun systems against air-to-surface missiles, UAV’s, etc. The idea is basically to create a cloud of particles that have high kinetic energy and penetration capability on the path of the threat and be able to hit targets that are very difficult to hit with the classical ammunitions.

The new modernized 35mm air defense gun system can be controlled without any human intervention thanks to the use of a Firing and Command Control System. The system is armed with two 35 mm cannons able to fire at a rate of 550 rounds/minute.

The modernized version of the 35mm air defense gun system can be controlled by a new Fire and Control command station which is also based on a four-wheeled trailer. The system is able to control three 35mm gun weapon systems.

The Fire and Command Control System will undertake the mission of command control of the air defense gun systems and short-range missile systems. The system will have 3D search radar, fire control radar, electro-optical (E/O) sensors, threat evaluation, and weapon allocation capability. This system also developed by ASELSAN will be able to detect the target, identify friend or foe and track the target by its own sub-systems. Air Defense Fire Control System will be used instead of the old D-IX system by the Turkish Armed Forces.

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