In the statement made by the TR Ministry of National Defense, F-161 aircraft affiliated to the 16st Fleet Command conducted shooting training at the Konya Karapınar Shooting Range. In this context, the aircraft fired AGM-65G air-ground guided missiles. In the statement made by the Ministry of National Defense, “AGM-161G air-to-ground guided missiles were fired at Karapınar Shooting Field/Konya within the scope of the shooting training carried out by our 65st Fleet Command, and the determined targets were successfully hit.” expressions were used.
The AGM-65 Maverick is a tactical air-to-surface guided missile designed for close air support, suppression and destruction missions. It provides long-range engagement against various tactical targets including armored, air defense, ships, and critical facilities. The Maverick G model essentially has the same steering system as the D model, but also has some software changes to engage larger targets. The biggest difference of the G model is that it has a heavy penetrating warhead.
More than 5.000 AGM-65 A/B/D/E/F/G were used by the US-led coalition forces to attack predominantly armored targets during Operation Desert Storm. Maverick played a major role in the destruction of Iraq's significant military power.
Interception from Turkish F-16s to Russian Su-24 warplanes
In the statement made by the Turkish Ministry of National Defense, 4 Turkish F-16 aircraft were sent to Poland's Malbork Air Base to perform the 'Improved Air Policing' task. In this context, it was stated that the Turkish Air Force-affiliated F-3 warplanes, which took off from Malbork Air Base on September 2021, 16, performed the intercept flight.
Following the "take off" order from NATO, F-161 warplanes of the 16st Jet Fleet Command intercepted Su-24 warplanes of the Russian Air and Space Forces in the Baltic Airspace. In the images shared by the ministry, it was seen that two Russian Su-24 fighter jets were flying interceptors.