Photo: A Spanish Army Tigre HAD-E helicopter. FAMET
The Spanish and German armed forces have both selected Thales rockets to equip their respective fleets of Airbus Helicopters Tigre/Tiger attack helicopters. All air arms now equipped with Tiger helicopters – Australia, France, Germany and Spain – are now using the company’s rockets, either in the induction version or in the 70mm (2.75in) version.
The Fuerzas Aeromóviles del Ejército de Tierra (FAMET, Spanish Army Aviation) has chosen Thales rockets as part of the frontline weapon system for the Tiger HAD-E variant. The Bundeswehr has opted for Thales’ s practice rockets to assist the training of its UH Tiger units.
While the Logistic Support Command of the Army (MALE) in Spain ordered a batch of 1,000 70mm calibre rockets, the German Procurement Agency (the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support) is acquiring 10,000 rockets of the same calibre. The German rockets will feature a modified rocket motor FZ90 Mod4 with reduced debris.
The Spanish Tigres will carry the rockets in four lightweight composite pods, two with 19 tubes (FZ225) combined with two of seven tubes (FZ233). These are able to carry a mixed load of practice and high-explosive warheads.
The FAMET has used the Thales Induction Rocket System on its HAP-configuration Tigres since 2009. This first batch of Thales 70mm rockets will arm the definitive Spanish Tigre HAD variant.
The rockets are manufactured by Thales in Belgium (Herstal) and deliveries are expected shortly.
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