Diehl Defence has signed an agreement with Roxel France to explore opportunities for mutual cooperation in the field of artillery rockets.

The partnership will bring together the experience of Diehl and Roxel in the development of guided and unguided artillery rockets.

The collaboration will also benefit from the companies’ know-how in warhead technology and their capabilities in the development and manufacture of modern rocket motors.

Diehl and Roxel extend their support to efforts focused on establishing a production line in Europe for artillery rockets of the US-developed Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) surface-to-surface weapon system.

The system is developed under an international programme involving the UK, Italy, France, Germany and the US. Diehl is part of the industrial team that builds the GMLRS.

Currently available in three variants, the GMLRS can attack, neutralise, suppress and destroy targets using indirect precision fires up to a range of more than 70km.

The weapons system is in service with multiple countries.

Diehl noted that it produced the MLRS rockets for the British, German, French and Italian armed forces under licence at the end of the 1980s.

The company also developed a GMLRS warhead solution for the German Bundeswehr. The solution featured intelligent sub-munition.

A European production line is planned to be established to produce 110mm practice rockets to meet requirements in Germany and France.

In a statement, Diehl Defence said: “The cooperation between Diehl Defence and Roxel is an important initial step to achieving high security of artillery rocket supply in Europe. In the future, industrial partners from other countries will also be able to participate in the programme.”