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TURKEY-DEFENSE -Turkey's first cruise missile "SOM" on display in London.

September 16 2011 (TUR) -- Turkey's first cruise missile "SOM" is on display at the "Defense and Security Equipment International" fair held in London, England. The Turkish missile was developed by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and Defense Research and Development Institute of Turkey (SAGE). Speaking to the AA, SAGE's Fatih Yasar said that this was the first time that "SOM" was on display out of Turkey. "There is great interest in the missile. It shows how far Turkey has come in technology," Yasar said. "SOM" is an air-launched high precision cruise missile. It was first revealed during the 100th year celebrations of Turkish Air Force at the Cigli Airbase in Izmir, on June 4, 2011. Developed since 2006, the "SOM" cruise missile is Turkey's first domestic solution for destroying both stationary and moving targets at a stand-off distance of over 180 kilometers.

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Date:Sep 16, 2011
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