MBDA Deutschland and Roketsan to build weapon system for German UH Tiger


Eurocopter UH Tiger

German missile systems company MBDA Deutschland has collaborated with defence contractor Roketsan to manufacture and integrate a 70mm weapon system for the German Army's Eurocopter UH Tiger attack helicopter.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by both parties during the ILA Berlin Air Show 2014.

As part of the agreement, the two manufacturers will share business and technical information to build a guided weapon system, which is based on the 70mm rocket concept.

MBDA Deutschland managing director Thomas Homberg said: "The already existing cooperations between Roketsan and MBDA will be extended by this focused initiative. We are combining our competencies to jointly [provide] this required capability to the German Armed Forces."

"The two manufacturers will share business and technical information to build a guided weapon system, which is based on the 70mm rocket concept."

Roketsan CEO and president Selcuk Yasar said: "We believe that with this cooperation, we will be able to offer an enhanced weapon system to the German customer.

"We hope the result of this initiative will lead to a broader business cooperation between the two companies in the future."

A medium-weight fire support helicopter, the Eurocopter UH Tiger features PARS 3 LR 'fire and forget' and / or HOT3 anti-tank missiles, along with the 70mm Hydra 70 air-to-ground fire support rockets.


Image: Germany's new Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter taxis on the flight line. Photo: courtesy of Sgt Rick Frost, US Army (114th PAD).

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