Force multiplier [INDODEF16-D1]

01 November 2016

Turkey’s leading missile house and defence contractor Roketsan (Hall A, Stand 043), an establishment of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, has come to Indonesia to present its wide portfolio of rocket and missile systems.

The company has recently achieved several important tests of its weapon systems as they mature towards service entry. Among them is the Hisar air defence missile, which is being developed in both low- and medium-altitude versions. Hisar employs imaging infrared terminal guidance, thrust-vectoring control, midcourse guidance via data link, and a dual-pulse rocket motor.

A number of successful test firings have been made of the Hisar-A low-altitude weapon, while the Hisar-O medium-level missile began firing tests in July. Both are said to be highly effective against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, UAVs, cruise missiles and air-to-ground missiles. Also on show is the Teber, an INS/GPS kit that transforms a standard Mk 81/82 bomb into a precision-guided weapon.

Another air-launched weapon is the SOM, a stand-off missile that is now in Turkish Air Force service with F-16C/D Block 40s and F-4E-2020 Phantoms. The company has signed an MoU with Airbus Defence and Space covering the integration of SOM on the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Roketsan, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, has further developed the SOM-J version for internal carriage by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, plus external carriage by other types. Flight trials of SOM-J are due to begin from an F-16 in the first quarter of 2017, with serial production expected to start in the following year.

Last year, Roketsan completed development and qualification of the L-UMTAS laser-guided anti-tank/precision attack weapon, and first deliveries to the Turkish Armed Forces are due before the end of this year. 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. L-UMTAS and the combat-proven Cirit laser-guided rocket, defined as the official missile systems of the T-129 ATAK, use the common designation characteristics that are able to combine both systems in the same configuration, enabling a more lethal effect.

In 2014, the UAE Air Force took delivery of the Cirit to arm its Iomax AT-802i/Archangel fixed-wing aircraft, which have fired the weapon during action in Yemen. The Cirit has also been integrated on to the Leonardo (formerly Selex ES) Falco UAV. Here at Indo Defence, Roketsan is highlighting Cirit’s land-based application with the new PMC (pedestal-mounted Cirit) system that can be installed on a high-mobility tracked or wheeled vehicle.

Cirit is an important element of two co-operation agreements signed with Airbus.

The first covers integration onto the Airbus Helicopters’ H Force weaponisation programme for the H135M and H145M. The other, announced at Farnborough this year, covers collaboration in expanding the air-to-surface weapons capability of the Airbus Defence and Space C295W. Under the agreement, the two companies will work on the design and initial testing aspects of equipping the C295W to release Roketsan’s Cirit, L-UMTAS and Teber. The agreement will see the companies advancing the project to a pre-certification status, but would require a solid customer to proceed to certification.

Also being presented are the company’s anti-submarine warfare (ASW) rocket and launching system, and the multi-calibre, multi-barrel rocket launching systems for 107mm, 122mm and 300mm rockets.

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