The German Ministry of Protection (Bundesministerium der Verteidigung, BMVg) up to date the record of apparatus that will probably be equipped to Ukraine together with 20 70mm rocket launchers mounted on pick-up vans on January 4. In January 2022, German protection procurement company (Bundesamt fur Ausrüstung Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr, BAAINBw) ordered 2.75-inch (70mm) high-explosive rockets from Rheinmetall Waffe Munition (RWM) for an quantity €19.92 million. Thales and Rheinmetall have developed collectively a 70mm rocket launcher for Germany’s Tiger Mk III helicopters. The brand new FZ209 MOD.2 rocket will characteristic the FZ71 HE warhead and FZ90 MOD.4 rocket motor with diminished ejecta.

RWM and Thales to collectively develop future guided and unguided 70mm-rockets for the German market, to be put in on helicopters and different platforms. In April 2022, Rheinmetall has demonstrated the laser-guided rocket firing capabilities of its Mission Grasp SP Autonomous Unmanned Floor Car (A-UGV) throughout a live-fire demonstration in Sweden. The UGV was geared up with a Rheinmetall Fieldranger Multi remotely managed weapon station armed with two seven-tube 70mm rocket launchers from Thales Belgium. For the demonstration, the A-UGV fired Thales FZ275 70 mm Laser-guided Rockets (LGRs) at a 4×4 car positioned 4 km away from the firing level.


FZ275 LGR FZ275 LGR Semi-Energetic Laser (SAL) Guided Rocket

The FZ275 LGR is the lightest and longest vary 70 mm/2.75-inch LGR in its class, delivering metric precision and accuracy, therefore offering unfailing floor help to armed forces. This rocket complies with the armies’ requirement for exact and dependable ammunitions able to lowering publicity to hazard and avoiding collateral injury which these days causes accidents to civilians. The FZ275 LGR guided rocket closes the hole between the long-range high-value missiles and the shorter vary weapons/cannon and unguided rockets, thus affording a full vary of precision results from a platform to defeat comfortable and light-weight armoured targets.

Thales Belgium SA (previously Forges de Zeebrugge FZ) is the know-how and innovation chief specialised within the area of 70mm air-to-ground rocket methods (2.75” NATO Customary) within the defence market all through the world. Thales Belgium is among the distinctive corporations able to offering a whole 70mm rocket system (ammunition, rocket launcher and firing management system) and dealing with all of the companies linked to handle the air-ground rocket methods and guarantee their integration on the totally different carriers. 70mm calibre has been adopted not solely within the NATO member states, but additionally by 55 international locations and 70 armies worldwide.

Rheinmetall Mission Master SP with Thales FZ275 Guided Rockets Demonstrated in Sweden
Rheinmetall Mission Grasp SP with Thales FZ275 Guided Rockets Demonstrated in Sweden