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German and Spanish armed forces choose Thales rockets to equip their Tiger helicopter fleets


The  Spanish  Army  Aviation  (FAMET  –  Fuerzas  Aeromóviles  del Ejército de Tierra) and  the German  Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) who  have  been  involved  in  different  UN-peacekeeping  missions and  are  currently  deployed  in  Mali  with  Tiger  helicopters,  are increasing  their  capabilities  with  Thales’s  rockets  to  meet  their ambitions. The Logistic Support Command of the Army (MALE) of Spain  and  the  German  Procurement  Agency  have  just  awarded Thales  for  a  batch  of  respectively  1,000  and  10,000  70mm/2.75” rockets to complete the weapon systems of their Tiger HAD-E and their UH Tiger. Deliveries are expected on a very short term base.

10,000 Thales practice rockets for Germany 

Produced by Thales in Belgium (Herstal), the 70mm/2.75” rockets offer a  high  level  of  safety  and  efficiency  recognised  by  their  worldwide customers on both helicopters and combat fixed wing aircraft. The aim of  this  contract  with  the  Federal  Office  of  Bundeswehr  Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support ( is to deliver practice rockets to meet the increased demand for training of the German Armed Forces. The rocket will feature a modified rocket motor FZ90 MOD.4 with reduced debris.

First 70mm/2.75” Rockets contract for Spain 

Thales 70mm/2.75” rocket system is part of the weapon system installed on the Spanish Tiger fitted with four light weight composite rocket pods, two of 19 tubes (FZ225) combined with two of 7 tubes (FZ233), able to carry a mixed loading of practice and high explosive warhead. On their HAP  configuration  Tigers,  FAMET  have  used  in  operation  the  Thales Induction Rocket System since 2009. Complementarily, with this first batch  of  Thales  70mm/2.75  rocket,  FAMET  will  now  operate  on  their HAD Tigers the best version of the 70mm NATO standard rocket, which is also in service in German and Australian armies. 

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