Eurosatory 2014

More fire from above (ES14E2)

17 June 2014

Turkish missile house Roketsan has teamed with MBDA Deutschland to offer the company’s Cirit laser-guided rocket to the German armed forces.

Signed at last month’s ILA show in Berlin, the agreement has been made in anticipation of a German army requirement for a laser-guided 70mm rocket for use with the Airbus Helicopters EC665 Tiger UHT attack helicopter.

Rather than reuse elements of existing unguided 70mm rockets, Cirit is an all-new weapon with the latest in motor and multipurpose warhead technology, including Type V insensitive munitions characteristics.

The weapon is in use with Turkish army Bell AH-1W Cobra and TAI/AgustaWestland T-129 attack helicopters, and also on the Airbus Helicopters EC635. The first fixed-wing application for the weapon is the Iomax AT-802i ArchAngel border patrol aircraft that is in service with the United Arab Emirates special operations aviation group.

Roketsan (Hall 6, Stand D180) is showcasing the Cirit alongside the T-129 Atak’s other principal weapon, the Mizrak-U longrange anti-tank missile. Formerly known as UMTAS, the Mizrak-U is initially available with a laser guidance system, while an imaging infrared version is under development. The weapon has a tandem warhead for defeating reactive armour, and has a range of 8km – similar to that of Cirit.

Both weapons are fully interoperable, employing common launchers and designation systems. In the T-129 helicopter application, the Mizrak-U provides a heavy armour engagement capability, while Cirit provides a cost-effective weapon against lightly armoured vehicles and other relatively ‘soft’ targets. Both weapons can be launched from a variety of platforms, including land vehicles, fixed platforms, naval vessels, light combat aircraft and UAVs.

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