CIRIT

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Description

The Roketsan Cirit is a Turkish laser-guided air-to-ground missile. It was introduced in Update "Drone Age"

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The missile is currently exclusive to the T129.

Missile characteristics
Mass 15 kg
Guidance Laser
Maximum Speed 480 m/s
Missile Guidance Time 45.0 s
Firing Range 10.00 km
Guaranteed Launch Range 8.00 km
Explosive Mass 1.19 kg TNTeq
Armour Penetration 290 mm

Effective damage

The Cirit has a small HEAT warhead that offers up to 290 mm of penetration at 0°, 251 mm at 30°, 145 mm at 60° at all ranges. Successful penetration is likely to cause critical damage to crew and components only in the compartment that is impacted, like the hull, engine compartment and turret. Hitting fuel tanks or ammunition storage can cause a fuel explosion or ammunition detonation. Very lightly armoured vehicles like SPAA and open tops can be destroyed in one hit by a missile.

There is a very small amount of splash damage dealt by the CIRIT, all but the weakest of armour will not take any noticeable damage.

Comparison with analogues

  • L-UMTAS - The L-UMTAS is another Turkish laser-guided air-to-ground missile. It is a bigger missile with a larger HEAT tandem warhead. The penetration is higher at 1100 mm at 0°. The missile also flies in a top-down attack mode allowing the user to exploit weakly armoured roof armour. However, the missile is quite slow and takes time to climb, which results in a long time to hit the target.
  • Hydra-70 M247 - The Hydra-70 is a dumb fire rocket found on most western helicopters with a warhead comparable to the CIRIT in penetration. The Hydra has better performance at close range with higher speed and the ability to launch many rockets in a short time.
  • BGM-71D TOW-2 - The TOW-2 is an ATGM with a shorter range than the CIRIT, but has better penetration. The TOW is SACLOS guided and can only be fired one at a time while the laser-guided CIRIT can be fired in groups to increase damage to the target.

Usage in battles

The CIRIT missile is best used at range to accurately take out high-value targets such as SPAA and other lightly armoured vehicles with anti-air capabilities. The destruction of air defence allows you to use slower munitions with better penetration, like the L-UMTAS, on harder targets.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • The 8.0 km maximum range is outside the effective range of all SPAAGs, increasing survivability during engagements at this range.
  • Ability to fire multiple missiles at one time while tracking the same target.

Cons:

  • Low maximum penetration makes the missile a poor choice against MBTs.
  • Several SAM-based SPAA can engage targets at 8km and beyond.
  • Not a true fire-and -forget, the missile requires constant guidance to successfully hit the target.

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USA 
AAM  AIM-54A Phoenix · ATAS (AIM-92)
Sparrow  AIM-7C · AIM-7D · AIM-7E · AIM-7E-2 · AIM-7F · AIM-7M
Sidewinder  AIM-9B · AIM-9C · AIM-9D · AIM-9E · AIM-9G · AIM-9H · AIM-9J · AIM-9L · AIM-9P
AGM  AGM-12B Bullpup · AGM-12C Bullpup · AGM-22 · AGM-65A · AGM-65B · AGM-65D · AGM-114B Hellfire · AGM-114K Hellfire II · BGM-71D TOW-2
ATGM  BGM-71 TOW · BGM-71A TOW · BGM-71B TOW · BGM-71C I-TOW
SAM  FIM-92 Stinger · MIM146
Germany 
AAM  AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder · R-60MK
AGM  AS.34 Kormoran · HOT-1 · HOT-2 TOW · HOT-3 · PARS 3 LR
ATGM  HOT-K3S
SAM  Roland
USSR 
AAM  9M39 Igla · R-3R · R-3S · R-13M1 · R-23R · R-23T · R-24R · R-24T · R-27ER · R-27R · R-27T · R-60 · R-60M
AGM  9K127 Vikhr · 9M17M Falanga · 9M120 Ataka · 9M120-1 Ataka
  Kh-23M · Kh-25 · Kh-25ML · Kh-29L · Kh-29T · Kh-66 · S-25L
ATGM  3M7 · 9M14 · 9M113 Konkurs · 9M114 Shturm · 9M123 Khrizantema · 9M133 · 9M133FM3 · 9M133M-2
SAM  9M311 · 9M311-1M · 9M331
Britain 
AAM  Fireflash · Firestreak · Red Top · Skyflash · SRAAM
AGM  ZT-6 Mokopa
ATGM  BAe Swingfire · MILAN · MILAN 2 · ZT3
SAM  Starstreak
Japan 
ATGM  Type 64 MAT · Type 79 Jyu-MAT
SAM  Type 91
China 
AAM  PL-2 · PL-5B · PL-7 · TY-90
AGM  AKD-9 · AKD-10 · Blue Arrow 9 · HJ-8A · HJ-8C · HJ-8E · HJ-8H
ATGM  302 · HJ-73 · HJ-73E · HJ-9
SAM  HN-6
Italy 
AAM  Aspide-1A
AGM  CIRIT · L-UMTAS
SAM  Mistral SATCP
France 
AAM  AA-20 Nord · Matra R511 · Matra R530 · Matra R530E · Matra Super 530D · Matra Super 530F · Matra R550 Magic 1 · Matra R550 Magic 2 · Mistral
AGM  9M14-2 Malyutka-2 · AS-20 Nord · AS-30 Nord · AS-30L Nord · HOT-1 · HOT-2 TOW · HOT-3
ATGM  HOT · SS.11
SAM  Roland · VT1
Sweden 
AAM  RB24 · RB24J · RB71 · RB 74
AGM  Rb05A · RB 53 Bantam · RB 55B Heli TOW · RB 55C Heli TOW · RB 75
ATGM  Rbs 55 · Rbs 56
SAM  Rbs 70
Israel 
AAM  Shafrir · Shafrir 2
  AAM = Air-to-Air Missile   AGM = Air-to-Ground Missile   ATGM = Anti-Tank Guided Missile (Ground mounts)   SAM = Surface-to-Air Missile