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Arnold Defense obtains US certification to fire FZ90 rockets

23rd April 2021 - 14:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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An Arnold Defense M260 launcher fires a Thales 2.75-inch rocket from a helicopter. (Photo: Arnold Defense)

Air-to-ground and ground-to-ground launchers from Arnold Defense are approved to fire FZ90 2.75-inch rockets.

Arnold Defense on 22 April announced that all its LAU and M-Series air-to-ground launchers are now certified to fire FZ90 2.75-inch rockets, after the company worked with Thales to complete a series of live firing tests at the Dillon Aero range in Phoenix, Arizona.

US military certification extends to the MLHS and Fletcher ground-to-ground launchers from Arnold Defense.

During the tests in January 2021, ‘a significant number of [FZ90] rockets’ were fired from the full range of Arnold Defense land, aerial and maritime launchers, the US company stated. The launchers were mounted on a helicopter for air-to-ground tests and on a vehicle integrated system for ground-to-ground tests.

Arnold Defense added: ‘All of the launchers tested passed the certification process to allow Thales rockets to be fired by current and future users of Arnold Defense launchers.’

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