Turkish missile house Roketsan (Stand N7-110) has added a thermobaric warhead option to the Cirit 2.75in laser-guided missile. The weapon was previously only available with a high-explosive warhead or a multipurpose warhead with anti-personnel, anti-armour and incendiary effects.
Now in service with the Turkish Armed Forces’ AH-1 Cobra and T-129 Atak helicopters, and with the Iomax AT-802 and Archangel Border Patrol aircraft of the UAE, the Cirit is currently undergoing integration with the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk and Airbus Helicopters Tiger, the latter being conducted in a programme with MBDA Germany. Roketsan also has agreements to add the weapon to the Airbus Helicopters H135M and H145M, and to the Airbus Defence and Space C295 gunship. Cirit also has naval and land applications, and work on fitting the weapon to vehicles, fast patrol vessels and corvettes continues.
Meanwhile, Roketsan is close to completing development work on its UMTAS and OMTAS anti-tank missiles. The vehicle-launched OMTAS, with imaging infrared guidance and a range of up to 4km, has entered serial production, as has the laser-guided version of the 8km helicopter-launched UMTAS.
The imaging infrared version of UMTAS has passed the qualification phase, and is shortly to enter production. It has been successfully fired several times from helicopters. Work continues on fitting UMTAS to armoured vehicles, fixed and mobile land platforms, and stabilised naval weapon systems.