Thales has received orders from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for 2.75-inch (70-mm) 12-tube rocket launchers to be fitted on 18 Advanced Light Helicopters and 15 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH).
The orders announced at the ongoing airshow, call for supply of 135 2.75-inch (70-mm) rocket launchers.
“This new collaboration between Thales and HAL in the field of air-launched weaponry opens up new opportunities for the supply of equipment to the Indian armed forces, and consolidates Thales’s position in the Indian market. With this, helicopter crews will see a significant improvement in their tactical capabilities during missions,” says Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP and Country Director, Thales in India.
Each helicopter can be equipped with includes four 2.75-inch (70-mm) 12-tube rocket launchers, plus fire control capability and the T100 sighting system.
Thales has already supplied this configuration for more than 80 Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH).
Thales’s rocket launcher was tested and qualified for the Light Combat Helicopter in India in 2018.
Thales’s 2.75-inch (70-mm) rocket launchers are, on an average, 50% lighter than metal launchers as they are produced using composite material. This also makes them resistant to corrosion.