ANKARA — The United Arab Emirates chose Turkish Cirit missiles for its air defense. Turkish weapons manufacturer Roketsan delivered the first of 10,000 missiles to the UAE and officials say more are on the way. The total sum of the deal is $190 million (TL 400 million).
One of the leading defense industry companies, Roketsan delivered 2,000 Cirit missiles last week that are able to strike with 100 percent precision. The contract signed between Roketsan and the UAE in 2013 covers the sales of 10,000 Cirit missiles, with 8,000 more to be delivered in the future. Active laser-guided Cirits are the most effective weapon of Turkish attack helicopter ATAK.
The weapon is Turkey's first laser-guided missile with an 8 kilometer-range and is able to strike lightly armored targets on the nose. The United Arab Emirates intends to use the Cirit missiles not only in aircrafts but also in terrain vehicles.