Defence Helicopter

Rheinmetall, Thales team for rocket solutions

7th January 2020 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Rheinmetall and Thales have signed an agreement to jointly support future developments, qualification and production of 70mm (2.75”) guided and unguided rocket solutions for opportunities in the German market.

Currently in operation on the UHT Tiger and under certification on the H145M, the rocket systems will target other helicopter platforms of the German military, primarily the Tiger MK3 programme.

The companies will propose new capabilities for the system, including ‘lock-on-before-launch’ mode, additional communication between the rocket system and the platform, identification and remote control functionality.

Stéphane Bianchi, director of the airborne armament business segment, Thales, said: ‘This strengthening of the collaboration in Germany between Thales and Rheinmetall is good news for both groups.

'We will provide our expertise with the 70mm (2.75”) rocket systems, which equip already many platforms in the world, and Rheinmetall the knowledge of the German customer. This is a true win-win, at a time when Airbus Helicopters is developing its Tiger MK3 version.’

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