Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopters of the French army should get new missiles with semi-active laser guidance system, which tests successful helicopter versions HAP were started first this year.
Developed division of Thales TDA rocket RPM (roquette a précision métrique) caliber 68 mm (2.7 inches) will have CWE 1 meter from the goal and the highest firing range of 6 km.
Two missile tests were carried out on RPM range Biscarrosse French Directorate General for Armaments (DGA) in January and April 2013. Subsequent testing 8.5-kg rocket will be held in July.
«The idea is to reduce collateral damage,» said Mathieu Krouri (Matthieu Krouri), manager of guided missiles TDA. «CWE 20 meters from the target has no effect tribute,» he added. Work on the creation of a guided missile has been underway for more than 3 years at the expense of the company and the Ministry of Defence of France.
Missile length is 1.4 m RPM, a little more than that supplied by TDA rockets Helicopter «Tiger» Australia, France, Germany and Spain, and does not ask for any physical contact with her starting block by using the wireless induction.
Tests in the midst of the year will include a two-run motionless on purpose-guided laser beam. According to the TDA, the missile can hit ground targets moving at speeds up to 55 km / h
«Negotiations are under contract with the DGA», said Krouri. Serial RPM, is expected to go into service helicopters «Tiger» in 2018. Warhead and missile fuse developed separately, in accordance with another contract DGA.