Africa Aerospace & Defence 2018

OMTAS missile in production [AAD18D2]

20 September 2018

Turkish missile systems house Roketsan (Hangar 7, Stand CW13) has confirmed that its latest OMTAS medium-range anti-tank weapon system (MR ATWS) is now in quantity production for the Turkish Army, and first deliveries will be made towards the end of 2018. The first OMTAS version to be deployed will be the man-portable tripod-mounted infantry version and this will be followed by a vehicle-mounted system; the first of these is expected to be the FNSS Pars (4x4) armoured vehicle.

OMTAS has a minimum range of 200m and a maximum range of 4,000m and has two modes, direct and top attack. The actual missile in its launch tube weighs 35kg and has a diameter of 160mm. It is fitted with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead, which will neutralise explosive reactive armour and then penetrate the main armour of the target.

It has a nose-mounted imaging infrared uncooled seeker and the four modes of operation are fire and forget, fire and update, lock on before launch and lock on after launch. The missile can be launched from behind cover and targets can be switched rapidly while the missile is in flight. It is capable of engaging stationary and moving targets with a high first round hit probability under day and night conditions.

A complete family of indoor and outdoor simulators has been developed and the modular design of the launch unit enables the TV/ thermal camera sight unit to be used as a standalone surveillance device.

According to Roketsan, the missile has a shelf life of 10 years, and the launcher unit has a shelf life of 20 years.

In Turkish Army service the Roketsan OMTAS will replace the currently deployed Raytheon TOW and the Russian KBP Instrument Design Kornet ATMS, which was taken into service to meet an urgent operational requirement.

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