Airbus’s Armed C295 at Test Flight with Roketsan's Teber

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Airbus’s Armed C295 at Test Flight with Roketsan's Teber
Spanish photographer Santi Blánquez published two photos of an Airbus-owned test aircraft carrying four 500-pound-series bombs fitted with the Turkish Roketsan Teber guidance kit. The photo shooting was in Seville, Spain. Most probably near the Airbus factory.

Airbus’s Armed C295 at Test Flight with Roketsan

The aircraft has temporary military registration EC-296. Thanks to the Teber guidance kit the airlifter turns into a strike aircraft as the kit has laser and INS/GPS guidance modes.

Airbus presented its armed version of the C295 in November 2017. The armed C295 was reportedly developed in response to interest from potential customers in the Middle East and North Africa.

Airbus and Roketsan have been cooperating for a long time. Besides the 500-pound-class Teber guided bombs, L-UMTAS laser-guided anti-tank air-to-ground missiles, 2.75-inch Cirit laser-guided rockets are in option.

Airbus’s Armed C295 at Test Flight with Roketsan

TEBER Laser Guidance Kit

TEBER is a laser guidance kit for use on MK- 81 and MK-82 general purpose bombs. TEBER converts these bombs into precision smart weapons using Inertial Navigation System (INS), Global Positioning System (GPS) and Semi-Active Laser (SAL) Seeker.

An add-on SAL Seeker, mounted on the front section, provides a precise hit capability against moving targets. The Laser Seeker may be equipped with a proximity sensor.

The TEBER tail section is composed of GPS and INS for precise guidance and can be integrated onto the bomb by the user in the field. The tail section can also automatically identify the types of bombs (MK-81/MK-82).

Airbus’s Armed C295 at Test Flight with Roketsan

L-UMTAS Laser-Guided Long Range Anti-Tank Missile System

L-UMTAS is a long-range laser-guided anti-tank precision missile system developed primarily for attack helicopter platforms. The laser guidance and tandem armour-piercing warhead features of L-UMTAS ensure its effectivity against both stationary and moving targets. The missile can lock onto the target before launch. It is in use now in T-129 attack helicopters in Turkey. UAE is already a customer of both the L-UMTAS missile and the Cirit laser-guided rocket. IOMAX Archangel and AT-802U light attack aircraft have those missiles integrated. L-UMTAS and Cirit are also preferred for unmanned navy platforms. ARES Shipyard and Meteksan Savunma) also integrated L-UMTAS and Cirit to their unmanned armed navy platform ULAQ. The L-UMTAS will be integrated on HÜRKUŞ-C Light Attack aircraft too.

Airbus’s Armed C295 at Test Flight with Roketsan

Cirit 2.75″ Laser-Guided Missile

The 2.75” Laser Guided Missile CİRİT is a highly accurate and cost-effective solution for armed helicopters, optimized for use against stationary or moving lightly armoured/unarmoured targets. The 2.75” Laser Guided Missile CİRİT has been designed to fill the tactical gap between 2.75” unguided rockets and anti-tank missiles.

The 2.75” Laser Guided Missile CİRİT is stored in a canister to ease loading to the launcher and is fired from a “Smart Launcher”. The launcher is compatible with MIL-STD-8591, MIL-STD-1553 and MIL-STD-1760 interfaces.

The 2.75” Laser Guided Missile CİRİT’s versatile design permits easy integration with different platforms. It is in use in both air-to-surface and surface-to-surface engagement scenarios.

Roketsan's missiles are used in other platforms as well. ARES Shipyard and Meteksan Savunma have developed Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle “ULAQ" as a joint project. ULAQ will be armed with L'umtas and Cirit missiles.

Airbus’s Armed C295 at Test Flight with Roketsan

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