Airbus Defence and Space has just announced their signing of a memorandum of understanding with Roketsan for a collaboration. The deal is centered around a program aimed at arming the C295W with a range of air-to-surface weapons on the medium utility transport. Although the C295W has already been tested with weapons dropping from the underwing hardpoints of the transport that was more for anti-submarine and other maritime missions.
The goal is to add precision attack capability through an addition of missiles, bombs and laser-guided rockets as well. The terms of the agreement stipulates that Airbus and Roketsan will collaborate on the design and initial testing aspects in order to equip the C295W with Roketsan’s Cirit laser-guided rocket, the L-UMTAS laser-guided anti-tank missile and also the Teber precision bomb. The hope is that this agreement will take this collaboration all the way to a pre-certification status however it would still require a solid customer in order to get there. Airbus is open to providing its C295W development aircraft as a platform for all future carriage and release trials and Roketsan will provide their invaluable experience in weapons integration as well.
Selcuk Yasar, Roketsan’s president and CEO believes that since they are the designer of all of the systems that the ease of adaptation of the weapons to an aircraft platform is their integral advantage. Just last month Roketsan and Airbus signed yet another MoU which covers the integration of the Cirit laser-guided rocket on Airbus helicopters H135M and H145M. The weapon is fired from a four-round launcher and is currently in use by the UAE as well as undergoing production for the Turkish armed forces.
Roketsan is a defense contractor and a major player in the Turkish weapons manufacturing world. Based in central Anatolian province of Ankara, they have quickly established themselves as the nation’s industrial base for all things regarding rocket technology and has risen to become one of the top 500 industrial establishments within Turkey. The company is best known for designing and outfitting its vast range of unguided rockets, laser and infrared guided missiles most notably the Cirit and UMTAS. Here at ASAP Sourcing Solutions, we have a dedicated and expansive array of Airbus products. If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at www.asap-sourcingsolutions.com call us at toll free at +1-412-212-0606.