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Tiger Mk3 to include modular 70mm rocket launcher

2nd November 2020 - 14:44 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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​FZ606 features lock-on pre-launch capability

Thales and Rheinmetall have formally unveiled a new 70mm rocket launcher for the Tiger Mk3 attack helicopter programme.

The FZ606 is a modular six-tube rocket launcher for FZ275 laser-guided rockets or a combination of guided and unguided projectiles. It is ‘the first product of its kind to offer a Lock On Before Launch capability’ for reliability and safety; this feature is usually only available with missile systems, Thales announced on 2 November.

The launcher was tested in mid-2020 in Belgium. Design, development and production of the NATO-calibre system are part of a European collaborative project conducted by Thales and Rheinmetall under a partnership agreement signed by the two companies at the end of 2019.

FZ275 is a semi-active laser-guided rocket designed to bridge the gap between costly long-range missiles, short-range guns and inaccurate unguided rockets, Shephard Defence Insight notes.

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