H145M HELICOPTER FIRES 70MM LASER GUIDED ROCKETS

The new Airbus H145M platform conducted its firing campaign in Sweden.

Airbus H145 launch rockets firing campaign
Airbus Helicopters demonstrated the ability to fire laser guided rockets (FZ275 LGR from Thales) with its new H145M platform.

In the first weeks of December 2017, Airbus Helicopters demonstrated the ability to fire laser guided rockets (FZ275 LGR from Thales) with its new H145M platform at the Ă„lvdalen test range of the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration Flight test Centre.

The electro-optical system (MX-15D) from L3 Wescam with embedded laser designation enabled a deviation of less than a meter for all rockets fired at a distance of up to 4.5 km. This 70mm laser guided air-ground rocket enhances the H145M’s engagement capabilities. It fulfils the precision strike needs of the armed forces worldwide by reducing the risk of collateral damage, particularly during asymmetric combat operations.

Following the success of the ballistic firing tests, held in Hungary in October 2017 (see the video below), the achievement of this new milestone with laser guided rockets is in continuity of Airbus Helicopters’ HForce development strategy to boost the H145M mission capability.

Final qualification of the ballistic HForce system on the H145M is scheduled for end of this year, while the laser-guided rockets is planned for end 2019.



Source, Image: Airbus


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