Eurosatory 2016

Smart munitions from Turkey [ES2016D1]

13 June 2016

Turkish weapons specialist Roketsan Missiles Industries (Hall 6, Stand D178) has brought it Smart Micro Munition (SMM) to Eurosatory for the first time.

The 50lb/22.7kg weapon is primarily intended for carriage by UAVs, although it could also be employed by manned light attack and close air support aircraft.

The SMM combines the seeker head of the Cirit laser-guided rocket with many of the components of the UMTAS antitank missile. It is unpowered, with a gliding range of around 8km when dropped from 15,000ft/4,572m, and features a blast-frag warhead with a lethal radius of around 25m against soft targets. A tandem warhead is being developed for hard targets.

Drop tests and the first launch of the SMM were undertaken last December. The weapon was released from a Baykar Makina Bayraktar TB2 MALE (medium-altitude, long-endurance) UAV, a type that has been procured by the Turkish Land Forces. The SMM hit a 1 x 1m target. Another air-launched weapon being highlighted is the Teber.

Named after a historic double-sided axe, this is a kit that turns standard Mk 80 series free-fall bombs into precision-guided munitions through the addition of a laser seeker, GPS/inertial guidance and control fins.

Teber offers capability against moving targets travelling at speeds of up to 110km/h, and is currently being certified for Turkey’s F-16 fighters. Roketsan is also targeting other NATO fighter types, such as Rafale and Typhoon, as well as non-NATO platforms including the MiG-29.

Meanwhile, Roketsan has completed the development and qualification of the L-UMTAS laser-guided anti-tank/precision attack weapon. The laser version is employed by the T-129 Atak attack helicopter, and has also been fired from the Turkish Navy’s Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopters. An infrared-guided version is in development.

Cirit is now in service with the Turkish Armed Forces (for use with the AH-1W Cobra and T-129 Atak) and the UAE Armed Forces (for the Iomax AT-802i/ Archangel border patrol aircraft).



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