Published: Monday, 06 June 2016 08:54
MBDA Deutschland GmbH and Roketsan have signed a memorandum of understanding during the ILA Berlin Air Show. Under the MoU, the two sides will cooperate in the integration of laser-guided rockets to the Airbus Helicopters Tiger UHT attack platforms of the German Army.
The MoU was signed by MBDA Deutschland GmbH’s Managing Director, Thomas Homberg and Roketsan’s President & CEO, Selcuk Yasar.
The weapon will be Roketsan’s Cirit 70mm laser-guided rocket, which started being developed in 2004. With a range between 1.5 and 8 km it is considered an affordable alternative to larger and expensive missiles to eliminating lightly armoured targets.
The Tiger UHT is an attack helicopter designed to carry out fire support and anti-tank missions. Germany equips the helicopters with the MBDA PARS 3 anti-tank missiles. The platforms can also be equipped with MBDA Mistral or Raytheon FIM-96 Stinger air-to-air missiles.
Thomas Homberg said that the latest MoU extends the existing cooperation between the two companies “in order to provide the required capability to the German Armed Forces”.
Selcuk Yasar said this cooperation will bring together the capabilities of the laser-guided rocket “with MBDA Deutschland GmbH’s proven expertise on the platforms’ weapon management system”.
2.75” Laser Guided Missile CİRİT
Properties of the Product
CİRİT, is a missile with the longest range in its class which provides a superior precision against light, armored/unarmored and stationary/mobile targets as well as being a cost effective solution.
- The 2.75″ Missile with the Longest Range
- Insensitive Munitions (Level V)
- Multi Purpose (Armor Piercing, Anti Personnel and Incendiary) Warhead
- Integration to Various Platforms (Helicopter, UAV, Land Vehicle, Stationary Platform, Light Assault Aircraft, Naval Platform)
- Standard Mode and Smart Mode Pod Integration
- Not a Guidance Kit, New Generation All-Up Round Missile System
- Composite Propellent Technology with Reduced Smoke
In the Inventory of Turkish Armed Forces
2.75” Laser Guided Missile CİRİT was designed for the purpose of filling the gap between cheap, unguided rockets with low precision and the high cost, guided anti-tank missiles.
CİRİT can be fired from standard CİRİT POD developed by Roketsan and as well as from Smart Pod. Smart Pod increases the capability envelope of CİRİT missile for inventory information exchange through the platform it possess prior to launch.
CİRİT is stored in the canister which facilities loading and unloading.
CİRİT, by means of its aerodynamic shape and composite solid propellant rocket motor, has the longest range in its class, 8 km, as compared to classic 2.75” unguided rockets.
Moreover, CİRİT missile offers options, such as multipurpose warhead (Armor Piercing Anti-personnel and Incendiary) as well as High Explosive warhead.
CİRİT system defined as the official missile system of National Attack Helicopter (T – 129) under development and can be also integrated to various platforms (Helicopter, UAV, Land Vehicle, Light Assault Aircraft, Naval Platform).
|Diameter||2.75″ (70 mm)|
|Maximum Range||8 km|
|Minimum Range||1,5 km|
|Weight||15 kg (Without tube complete)|
|Propellant Type||HTPB Based, Smokeless, Composite Solid Propellant|
|Warhead Type||Multi Purpose Warhead, Armor Piercing, Personnel, Incendiary|
|Warhead Type||High Explosive Warhead|
|Guidance||Mid – Phase Guidance with MEMS – AÖB|
|Guidance||Terminal Guidance with Semi-Active Laser Seeker|
|Target Types||Light Armored / Unarmored Vehicles, Stationary and Moving Targets, Bunkers|
|Platforms||Helicopters (AH – 1W, T – 129 ATAK etc.), UAV’s, Land Vehicles, Light Assault Aircraft, Naval Platforms and Stationary Platforms|