Rheinmetall and Thales have signed an agreement to support together with the future developments, qualification and production of the 70mm (2.75”) guided and unguided rockets solutions for helicopters as well as potentially other new platforms in Germany. Two international groups will propose complementary capabilities for the Tiger MK3 program.
The Thales 70mm (2.75”) rocket systems are currently operated on UHT Tiger and under certification on Airbus Helicopters H145M. As part of the agreement, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH will lead the team towards the German customers and use its extensive experience as the main supplier to the Bundeswehr to ensure the future requirements are met.
Airbus Helicopters had signed an MoU with Turkish company ROKETSAN to install its Cirit Laser guided 70 mm missiles to its helicopters. The new teaming up indicates that the MoU with ROKETSAN was not fruitful.