Turkish weapons company Roketsan is hoping to see its Cirit semi-active laser guided missile enter service in the first quarter of 2010.
The helicopter-launched weapon has been integrated on the AH-1 attack helicopter with the basic development program now complete. The air-to-surface weapon has a range of up to 8 kilometers (5 miles). It is intended for use against lightly armored targets.
Development is also continuing on the company’s two imaging infrared-guided anti-armor missiles. The medium range system, abbreviated to OMTAS in Turkish , has an engagement range of up to 4km. The long-range missile, known as UMTAS, has a fly-out of up to 8km.
The medium-range system is intended for vehicle and tripod mounts, while the long-range weapon is intended for helicopter launch. Development of the long-range system is due to be complete by 2011. The weapon is meant for the T129 variant of the AgustaWestland AW129 attack helicopter being purchased by Turkey.
Picture Credit 1 and 3 D.Barrie/AW&ST 2 Roketsan.