Precision weapons on target - Indo14-Day3

07 November 2014

Turkish missile house Roketsan (Hall A, Stand AP014) is exhibiting a range of its weapon systems here at Indo Defence. One area where the company sees particular opportunities in Indonesia is through its precision attack missile range, which offers state-of-the-art precision performance at attractive cost.

Now certified for the F-4 Phantom and F-16 tactical aircraft, and in its SOM-J version sized for carriage by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the low-observable Stand Off Missile could give Indonesia’s F-16s the ability to attack a range of land and sea targets at ranges of up to 250km. The weapon employs inertial guidance in its basic version, or imaging infrared if greater accuracy is required.

Another Roketsan precision weapon is the Cirit laser-guided rocket. Unlike other laser-guided 70mm rockets, Cirit is all new, and employs a new warhead and motor rather than reuse existing unguided rocket bodies. The weapon has been in use with Turkish army helicopters for two years and is also in operation with the UAE Air Force’s Air Tractor AT-802i armed ISR platforms. As well as its airborne applications, Cirit is cleared for use from land and sea vehicles and from fixed installations.

Entering service with the Turkish army at the end of this month is the Mizrak-U long-range anti-tank missile, which is the primary armament (along with Cirit) of the Turkish Army’s T-129 Atak helicopter.

Recently the weapon was successfully test-fired from a Turkish navy Seahawk helicopter. Like Cirit, the Mizrak-U offers a range capability of 8km and can be integrated with a variety of platform types. Both weapons feature the latest insensitive munition technology to make operations safer. The 37.5kg Mizrak- U has imaging infrared or laser guidance options, and is fitted with a tandem warhead that is effective against reactive armour.

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