Thales’ new FZ275 70mm/2.75in laser guided rocket (LGR) has received certification to launch from Arnold Defense’s LAND-LGR4 rocket launcher.

It follows recent testing carried out in Sweden. The development provides the land-based troops with capability enhancements when conducting remote missions with no support.

The FZ275 LGR’s compatibility with Arnold Defense’s ground-based FLETCHER launcher expands the dismounted rapid reaction forces’ strike range and accuracy, and reduces dependency on air or aviation platforms.

Arnold Defense Programs and Business Development vice-president Frank Ferrante 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/2.75in 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.”

Thales’ new rocket has a lightweight design and is the longest range LGR in the 70mm/2.75in class.

Over 75 armed forces in more than 50 countries worldwide use the Thales 70mm/2.75in rockets.

The weapon system causes minimal collateral damage and offers precision guided accuracy against fixed and mobile targets.

Thales Airborne Armament business segment director Stéphane Bianchi 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/2.75in 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.”

In December 2021, Thales announced that it would be supplying key technologies for France’s Guépard helicopters.