The Turkish Armed Forces' (TSK) new 105-millimeter lightweight towed howitzer weapon system will enter mass production by this year end, Turkey's Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli announced on Saturday.
The new system named Boran, has been successfully tested by the Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company (MKE), Daily Sabah reports quoting a statement made by Canikli on his official social media account.
He underlined that Boran would serve the Turkish ranger and infantry troops in the operations."The weapon, which has modern command and fire control systems, is able to identify targets," he said.
He added that Boran was made ready in a short time and it has a range of 17 kilometers (11 miles).
The 1,720-kilogram (3,792 pounds) howitzer is consonant with Sikorsky S-70 and Chinook CH-47 helicopters.
"Boran can calculate, and target without usual deployment procedures due to its fire control systems," he said.
The weapon system can be used between the Celsius degrees of -32 and +44 nonstop for 8 hours, he added.