Subscribe Free
in Defence

Lockheed Martin and Roketsan join forces

Posted 13 July 2016 · Add Comment

Lockheed Martin and Roketsan of Turkey have signed a follow-on contract to finalise development of the Stand Off Missile-Joint Strike Fighter (SOM-J) cruise missile for the Turkish F-35 programme.

The SOM-J is a medium range, air-to-surface missile designed for use against heavily defended, high-value land and sea targets, such as surface-to-air missile sites, exposed aircraft, strategic assets, command and control centres, and naval vessels.  The missile’s modular design supports the required operational flexibility. SOM-J will carry a single 350-pound blast-fragmentation/semi-armor-piercing warhead and have a range exceeding 100 nautical miles.

The two companies announced their partnership on SOM-J initial development in August 2014. The Lockheed Martin/Roketsan team will co-develop and co-produce the SOM-J for F-35 internal bay applications, as well as for various fighter aircraft with smart weapon external carriage capabilities.  The contract calls for the two companies to collaborate on final development, integration and test support, with qualification occurring in early 2018.

“We foresee that in the changing era of fighter aircrafts F-35 will set a bench with the capabilities and technologies provided within. We provide SOM-J as a weapon of choice for the optimum solution for various missions by enhancing the precision strike capabilities and maintaining the survivability and maneuverability. Our partnership with Lockheed Martin will extend much further with the steps we take today” said Emin ALPMAN, chairman of the board at Roketsan.

“This partnership between Lockheed Martin and Roketsan will result in a highly effective weapon that will provide a valuable precision strike capability at stand-off ranges,” said Frank St. John, vice president of Tactical Missile/Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We expect this internal carry capability to appeal to not only F-35 customers, but also as an external carry weapon for other aircraft.”

 

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Busy traffic on RJ flights during Eid Al Fitr

Royal Jordanian (RJ) is seeing busy traffic during Al Fitr feast on both its inbound and outbound flights, particularly those between Amman and the Levant and the Arab Gulf regions.

Blazing a trail in flammability testing

UAE national carrier Etihad has teamed up with Swiss company Lantal Textiles to create what is believed to be the Middle East's first laboratory specialising in flammability testing of aircraft cabin fabrics and other materials. Alan

Gulf Air celebrates flights to Tbilisi

Gulf Air has celebrated the launch of its direct three weekly service to the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

Etihad to increase services to North Africa

Etihad Airways is increasing capacity between its Abu Dhabi hub and key markets of Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca and Rabat to cater to the peak June – September travel period, while additional services to Dammam will be year-round.

Will we keep on taking the tablets?

New US and British governments regulations, which prevent passengers carrying electronic devices larger than a cell phone on flights from across the MENA region, may affect the latest in-flight entertainment trend. Steve Nichols

Pegasus Airlines' inaugural flight to Abu Dhabi takes off

Abu Dhabi Airports yesterday welcomed the inaugural Pegasus flight arriving from Istanbul, Turkey. The maiden flight marks the commencement of a direct service three times a week between Abu Dhabi International Airport and Istanbul

TAA SK 12MTHS16
See us at
RMIT BT1631817DIAC BT1105121117DAS BT1105161117AIME BT1204240118Aviation Africa BT18418Global Aerospace BT28218