Unveiling the İHA-230: Turkey’s Cutting-Edge Supersonic Ballistic Missile

Developed by the Turkish defense industry company Roketsan, the İHA-230 is a air-to-ground launched supersonic ballistic missile. The first test launch of the İHA-230 Missile was conducted in December 2022 from the AKINCI UAV.

Roketsan, which has significant expertise in multiple rocket launcher systems and the rockets and missiles used in these systems, developed the İHA-230 based on the TRG-230 Land-to-Land Ballistic Missile. The İHA-230 Air-to-Ground Ballistic Supersonic Missile has a range of over 150 kilometers.

During the initial test firing of the İHA-230 Missile in December 2022, the AKINCI UAV took off from Çorlu and flew approximately 700 kilometers to reach the test range in Sinop. The TRG230-IHA Missile, launched by the AKINCI UAV at an altitude of 25,000 feet, successfully hit its target from a distance of over 100 kilometers in Sinop.

The effective range of the missile varies depending on the speed and altitude at which it is released, but is 150 kilometers. The İHA-230, equipped with a fragmentation effective warhead, also has variants with armor-piercing or thermobaric warhead options for different target types.

As an important missile in global military doctrines, the İHA-230 undergoes a period of free fall in the air after being released from the UAV, then autonomously ignites its solid fuel motor. With its GNSS-assisted inertial guidance capability housed in a rugged structure, the İHA-230 precisely directs itself towards the target. The system operates with a fire-and-forget feature, providing users with the capability to engage in critical missions without penetrating deep into enemy positions. However, the destruction of the missile with conventional air defense measures is highly challenging.


  • Operational Range: 150+ km (*varies depending on altitude and speed)
  • Warhead: 42 kg Fragmentation Effective, Armor Piercing, and Thermobaric Options
  • Weight: 225 kg
  • Length: 3.4 m
  • Target Set: Mobile and Stationary Enemy Air Defense Elements, Radar or Communication Elements, Command Centers, Light Armored Ground Vehicles, and Other Targets