Next generation Missiles for next gneration aircaft from Roketsan
Roketsan, the prominent Turkish defence company into the development and manufacturing of Missiles and Advanced Air defence system has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus Defence & Space for the integration of SOM missiles on the Eurofighter TYPHOON fighter aircraft. Integrating SOM family to non-NATO platforms is relatively easy with smart integration solutions of Roketsan.
The latest example of the new generation weapon introduced to enhance the air-to-surface warfare capabilities of fighter aircraft is the Stand-Off Missile “SOM” which is an autonomous, long range (250 km), low observable, high precision, all weather, air to surface next generation missile to be used against highly defended, anti-access and high value, stationary and moving land/surface (ASuW) targets. SOM missile family has four variants which are SOM-A, SOM-B1, SOM-B2 and SOM-J. SOM-A and SOM-B1 have HE Blast Fragmentation warhead while SOM-B2 has Dual Stage Tandem Penetrator Warhead. SOM-A, B1 and B2 are certified to F-4E 2020 and F-16 Block 40 platforms and under the serial production for the Turkish Air Force (TurAF).
Due to the common requirements of TurAF and 5th Generation Fighter Program, SOM-J has been presented as an air to ground stand-off missile for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Aircraft. In October 2014, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and ROKETSAN signed a teaming agreement in order to jointly develop, produce, market, sell and support SOM-J for F-35 and other potential platforms. Its semi-armour piercing warhead is designed against heavily defended, high value ASuW and land targets. Range of SOM-J is greater than 120 nmi. It has new generation navigation system and, via data link, missile has in flight target update and re-targeting capabilities, and can be operated in network centric warfare. Currently, mission can be selected from pre-flight planned missions during flight planning, while target impact parameters are also selectable. SOM-J has inertial navigation system, global positioning system, terrain referenced navigation system and Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) seeker. F-16 tests of the missile are planned to start in 2017. SOM-J will be ready for serial production in 2019.