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Turkish missile company makes Bahrain debut

Posted 16 January 2014 · Add Comment

Turkish missile manufacturer Rocketsan is making its debut at the Bahrain airshow, showcasing its family of missiles.

These include the 2.75-inch laser-guided missile CIRIT; and the anti-tank long-range and medium-range MIZRAK-U and MIZRAK-O respectively. It is also showing the launcher systems.

CIRIT has been selected by the Turkish Army and can be integrated with platforms, such as the ATAK helicopter, or UAVs. Libya is a potential customer for the system.

Established upon the decision of Turkish Defence Industry Executive Committee in 1988 to lead the Turkish rocket and missile research and production programs, Roketsan now has 1700 staff.

CIRIT is drawing a lot of attention, As the first guided 2.75” Missile to be under serial production Roketsan started the deliveries in May 2012 for combat deployment. The missile is unique due to its range up to 8km, multi-purpose (Anti-Armor, Anti-Personnel and Incendiary) warhead, AUR characteristics and Insensitive Munition (Type V) properties. Additionally CIRIT is an ITAR free missile. The integration of CIRIT for different platforms such as Helicopters, UAVs, Heavy and Light Armored Vehicles, Naval and Land systems is run by Roketsan for international customers.

Another unique missile is near the end of its development. MIZRAK-U is a Long Range Antitank Missile with 8 km range homing IIR Seeker with RF Data-Link and with Tandem - High Explosive Warhead also Laser Seeker option is available. The missile has LOBL, LOAL and LO-Update capabilities. The serial production is expected to start at 2014. MIZRAK-U and CIRIT use the common laser seeker which enables combining both systems in the same configuration for customized solution. MIZRAK-O is a Medium Range AntiTank Missile with 4 km range which has similar characteristics like MIZRAK-U and is equipped with state of the art technologies making it effective against all armored threats of the modern battlefield.

Conceptual development of Stand-Off Missile (SOM) for Turkish Air Force  has been carried out and missiles have been integrated to F-4E 2020 aircraft and F-16. SOM is an autonomous, long range (100 Nm+), low observable, high precision, all weather, air to surface new generation cruise missile to be used against highly defended, anti-access and high value stationary and moving land/surface (ASuW) targets. Due to the common requirements of Turkish Air Force and JSF (F-35) program, SOM has been offered as a modern anti-surface cruise missile for newly developed F-35 fighter aircraft.

 

 

 

 

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