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29 March 2016

FIDAE 2016: Roketsan Ready to Share its Competencies and Capabilities

Roketsan has a unique position within the Turkish defence industry as a design, development and production house of rockets and missiles. Established in 1988 being tasked by the Defence Industry Executive Committee to become, “a leading cooperation in the country for rockets and missiles,” Roketsan today is a key player in Turkey’s thriving defence industry.

Roketsan displays the Long Range Antitank Missile System UMTAS (above) and Laser Guided Long Range Antitank Missile System L-UMTAS (below) at FIDAE 2016. (All Photos: Roketsan)

Since its establishment, Roketsan has improved its infrastructure and extended its product range from under seas to depths of space. With the experience gained from national and international programmes, Roketsan developed indigenous missile systems. As well as being a key supplier to the Turkish Armed Forces, Roketsan also participates in NATO programmes and supplies its products to various friendly countries around the world.

Roketsan's CIRIT 2.75” laser guided missile, UMTAS long range antitank missile, OMTAS medium range antitank missile, and HISAR air defense missile system were all originated and supported by the Turkish Undersecretariat of Defense Industries (SSM) and are examples of Roketsan’s expertise.
Combat proven CIRIT is the first of its caliber to be delivered to different Allied Armed Forces inventory under serial production contracts. The CIRIT has been successfully delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces in 2012 and UAE Armed Forces in 2014.

The UMTAS has been designed to fulfill the requirements of attack helicopters against modern main battle tanks with heavy armour penetration. The development and qualification of the L-UMTAS laser version has been completed in 2015, and has demonstrated its capability from the Turkish T-129 ATAK helicopter against land targets and from SH-60 Sea HAWKs against sea targets. After the success of these tests, L-UMTAS production has been started for the Turkish Armed Forces to be delivered within 2016. The L-UMTAS and CİRİT are both defined as the official missile systems of the T-129 ATAK, using common designation characteristics, which enable combining both systems in the same configuration for optimised solutions allowing more lethal effects. L-UMTAS can be integrated on various platforms such as helicopters, UAVs, land and naval platforms, and light assault aircraft.

CİRİT has been successfully delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces in 2012 and UAE Armed Forces in 2014.
The 2.75” CİRİT Laser Guided Missile is a well-defined weapon for low cost high precision strike capability and has become well known among modern armed forces. The flexible architecture of the weapon enables the integration on almost any platform. Designed as the primary weapon for attack helicopters, CİRİT is already being used on helicopters, border patrol aircraft, UAV’s, naval platforms, stationary land based platforms, and mobile land platforms. The Pedestal Mounted CİRİT (PMC) has been developed completely by Roketsan resources to support the mobile land troops operational capabilities. All integration and test activities have been completed by a dedicated team in short period on a land vehicle provided by FNSS.

Pedestal Mounted CIRIT (PMC) on a FNSS ACV-19 platform. (Photo: DPM)

The Stand-Off Missile SOM is a family of cruise missiles, with complex guidance technologies and warheads designed to enhance the air-to-surface warfare capabilities of fighter aircraft. SOM is an autonomous, long range (250km), low observable, high precision, all weather, air to surface next generation cruise missile to be used against highly defended, anti-access and high value, stationary and moving land/surface (ASuW) targets. Under serial production, SOM is already in the inventory of the Turkish Air Force (TuAF), integrated and certified on the F-4E/2020 and F-16 Block40 fighter aircraft. Roketsan signed a cooperation agreement with Airbus Defence & Space (DS) for the integration of SOM on the Eurofighter TYPHOON fighter aircraft and possible future platforms.

Due to the common requirements of Turkish Air Force and F-35 Programme, SOM-J has been offered as an anti-surface cruise missile for newly developed F-35 fighter aircraft. Roketsan and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control signed a contract for integration of the SOM-J, the F-35 variant of the SOM. The companies will jointly develop, produce, market and support SOM-J for internal carriage on F-35 aircraft or external carriage on other aircraft. Flight tests of SOM-J is expected to begin in 1st quarter of 2017 from F-16 Block-40s of the Turkish Air Force and the serial production expected to begin in 2018.

Roketsan displays a next generation weapon system Stand-Off Missile SOM (below) and its variant for F-35 JSF internal weapon bay Cruise Missile SOM-J (above) at FIDAE 2016.

The establishment of the National Ballistic Protection Center is unique in Turkey considering its level of manufacturing, test and personnel capabilities. While assigning this task to Roketsan, the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) aimed the National Ballistic Protection Center to coordinate all ballistic protection studies in Turkey and to become a center of excellence. Roketsan has been appraised as CMMI/DEV 3 as a result of the CMMI appraisal activities which have commenced on 09/22/2014 and completed on 10/02/2014. The CMMI/DEV (Capability Maturity Model Integration – for Development) compliance activities, which were started in 2010 according to the strategic plan of Roketsan, are completed. Thus, Roketsan has become the only defense company in Turkey which achieved this goal for all its design and development processes.

Firing Range Modernization (FRM) Project is a turn key project delivered under the FRM contract signed by NATO Support Agency (NSPA) and Roketsan.

The Modernised Firing Range (FRM) is equipped with test equipment capable of data measurement, recording and tracking including Multi Sensor Platform, which is designed for the first time in the world with Roketsan’s technical coordination, long range radar systems, mobile optical systems and other support equipment that are capable of instantaneous data transfer.

Roketsan aims to grow continuously by having a strong financial structure and sustainable profitability, to gain a competing power established upon innovativeness and creativity by developing indigenous products and advanced technologies, to conduct effective foreign marketing activities, to be a corporation where the best ones work and do aim to work. With young and growing staff and the dynamism still of an entrepreneur, Roketsan is ready to share its competencies and infrastructure capabilities with its partners in the world.

Roketsan's TEBER, a new generation INS and GPS aided Laser Guided Kit (LGK), displayed at FIDAE 2016, is designed to increase the probability of hit, against moving target. TEBER is compatible with Mk-81 and Mk-82 general purpose bombs. 

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