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

EBACE: TrueNorth new data link unit to improve fairground communications

Communication between pilots and ATC is set to improve following the introduction today at EBACE by TrueNorth, of a new FANS-1/A over Iridium data link unit (DLU) with voice capabilities.

Nextant Aerospace launches large cabin 604XT programme

Nextant Aerospace has announced the launch of a new cockpit avionics programme in conjunction with Rockwell Collins that will bring Pro Line Fusion to the Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft platform.

FlightSafety International starts Master-level Advanced Training Courses for Dassault Falcon

FlightSafety International has announced the start of new Master-level Advanced Training Courses for the Dassault Falcon 2000EX EASy and 900EX EASy series aircraft.

EBACE: Airbus launches ACJ330neo at European show

Airbus has launched a private jet version of its A330neo at EBACE today. The new VVIP jet combines new-generation engines and aerodynamic and other improvements which the company said will deliver even more comfort, efficiency and true

EBACE: Supercar designer gives new look to Airbus ACJ319neo

Italian exotic car manufacturer Pagani Automobili is moving its design focus to the world of aircraft with a new cabin design for the ACJ319 neo.

Deer Jet to get second 787 DreamJet

Deer Jet is to introduce a second Boeing 787 Dream Jet to its fleet, making it the world's largest operator of the type.

TAA SK 12MTHS16
See us at
6th Annual Mediterranean Business AviationDIAC BT1105121117DAS BT1105161117AIME BT1204240118EBACE17 BT0103240517