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HAL places order with Thales for 2.75-inch Rocket Launchers

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has awarded French aerospace and defence company Thales a contract to supply 135 2.75-inch (70-mm) rocket launchers. These certified, field-proven, competitive rocket launchers are suitable for use on both light and combat helicopters. The order is aimed to boost the tactical capabilities of the Indian armed forces.

Enhancing the capabilities of Armed Forces

The Armed Forces of India are involved in a wide range of deployments in remote theatres, conducting operations beyond the scope of traditional homeland defence. This requires to round out their available resources with a view to boosting their tactical capability.

These 2.75-inch (70-mm) rocket launchers are produced using composite material, as a result, they are 50 per cent lighter than metal launchers, and also eliminates corrosion issues.

The solution which would be supplied by Thales includes four 2.75-inch (70-mm) 12-tube rocket launchers, plus fire control capability and the T100 sighting system.

With these rocket launchers, helicopter crews will see a significant improvement in their tactical capabilities during missions.