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Thales Laser-Guided Rocket Certified For Firing From Arnold Launcher

Fletcher System Certification Follows Test Firings in Sweden

Arnold Defense and Thales have announced that the latter’s new FZ275 laser-guided missile has been certified for use with the former’s Fletcher LGR4 rocket launch system.

In a joint statement, the companies said that the combination of the Fletcher launcher and the FZ275 missile will provide precision accuracy against both fixed and mobile targets with minimal chance of collateral damage to friendly forces. The delivery of this type of weapon capability, they say, has hitherto usually been the preserve of air platforms.

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,” said Stéphane Bianchi, the Director of Thales’ airborne armament division.  “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.”

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[…] 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,” commented Franke Ferrante, Arnold’s VP of Programs and Business Development.

An FZ275 rocket loaded into the launcher. (Photo: Arnold Defense)

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