At last week’s ILA Air Show, Roketsan and MBDA Deutschland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to extend their cooperation towards integration of 70 mm Laser Guided Missile CİRİT on TIGER UHT helicopters.
Both companies have agreed on the way forward and defined responsibilities.
Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries officials participated in witness of the ceremony.
MBDA Deutschland is a leader in the development and production of air defense and guided missile systems for the German Army, Navy and Air Force. The company possesses production and management experience from over 50 years of industrial participation in national and international air defense and guided missile programs.
These include the ground-based MEADS tactical air defense system as well as Patriot, the Rolling Air Frame Missile (RAM) and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) for naval deployment, the Meteor and TAURUS missiles, developed in European cooperation, for airborne forces, and the MILAN and the PARS 3 LR helicopter armament for ground forces.
MBDA Deutschland is a part of the European MBDA group. The company operates sites in Schrobenhausen, Ulm and Aschau am Inn. MBDA is a joint undertaking of the Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Leonardo - Finmeccanica (25%).
Roketsan was founded in 1988 by the resolution of the Turkish Defense Industries Executive Committee for the purpose of “possessing a leading institution in the country for designing, developing and manufacturing rockets and missiles”.
The first production project of which had been the manufacture of propulsion system of Stinger missiles within the frame of “STINGER European Joint Production Project” which was an international program
Roketsan is rapidly going forward today to become a global company in defense industries with over 1,400 personnel (51 % of which are engineers), and an invested capital of 4 Billion Turkish Lira.
Since it was established, Roketsan has, as dictated by the mission it has undertaken, acquired the skills in designing and producing rocket / missile systems nationally and in line with demands, including design and technology infrastructure development projects, product development and production programs, in training the users and in meeting the logistic support requirements of weapon systems.
Roketsan has also targeted at widening its product range to cover Land, Air and Sea Weapon Systems. To sustain its existence, Roketsan has undertaken assignments in a number of national and international projects or has become a candidate for such roles.