US LGR4 Fletcher launcher fires Thales’ new 2.75-inch rocket
WASHINGTON – During recent tests conducted in Sweden, the US land platforms, the four-cell laser-guided rocket (LGR4) launcher Fletcher, successfully launched the new 2.75-inch rocket of the French Thales. BulgarianMilitary.com learned this news from an official press release from the St. Louis company Arnold Defense.
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In this way, both companies have achieved official certification. Thus, the American launcher increases the range of ammunition it will work with, and the French FZ275 70 mm / 2.75-inch rocket becomes part of this list.
Arnold Defense and Thales said in a joint press release that with the new rocket, the LAND-LGR4 Fletcher will achieve even more precise targeting and hit static and moving targets. Both companies claim that this combination allows for minimal side damage, which is generally difficult to achieve in the development of ground launch platforms.
Thales rockets are famous for their lightweight design, modern propulsion, and foreign object damage [FOD]. These advantages are again in the FZ275 70 mm / 2.75-inch rocket, which is in service in at least 50 countries around the world. This and other Thales rocket find a place in the arsenal of dozens of air, ground, and sea platforms.
According to Arnold Defense, the acceptance of the FZ275 70 mm / 2.75-inch rocket will allow the St. Louis company will expand its global presence of various capabilities, and show flexibility in the development of various customer launchers.
Stéphane Bianchi, Director of the Airborne Armament business segment at Thales said: “This is the second test firing and certification project in partnership with Arnold Defense and extends both companies’ portfolios and offering to regular and Special Forces. Thales 70mm / 2.75-inch rocket systems now provide a one-stop-shop to deliver precision-guided accuracy against fixed and mobile targets across the full spectrum of delivery platforms now including ground troops.”
Frank Ferrante, Vice President of Programs and Business Development at Arnold Defense said: “Arnold Defense is excited to have achieved this additional certification following a highly successful series of live firing tests. We can now add the FZ275 Thales 70mm / 2.75-inch rockets to the wide range of rockets that can be fired from Arnold Defense launchers, thus increasing the flexibility of our offer to the global user.” He added, “Arnold Defense works hard to meet the future needs of our customers, and this project, in partnership with Thales, delivers a significant capability enhancement to ground troops operating remotely and unsupported, increasing the range and precision of their strike without relying on air or aviation platforms.”
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