The TDA Armaments Aculeus-LG laser-guided rocket will become part of the French arsenal.
Thales subsidiary TDA Armaments has just received a contract to supply its Aculeus-LG laser-guided rocket to the ALAT (Aviation Légère de l’Armée de Terre, French army aviation). Also known as the RPM (roquette à precision métrique), the Aculeus-LG is a development of the 68mm rocket family that TDA currently provides for a range of airborne applications, notably the Airbus Helicopters Tiger attack helicopter. The contract covers industrialization, qualification and an initial production batch.
TDA has been developing the laser-guided system with French DGA support for around five years, conducting its first test firing in January 2013. Fitted with a semi-active laser seeker from the Thales facility at Elancourt, the Aculeus-LG offers sub-metric precision and a range of around 3.8 miles (6 kilometers) when fired from a helicopter. It offers the ability to engage moving targets. The weapon can be locked on after launch, and is reprogrammable in flight, including a change of laser code.
Fitted with a low CDE (collateral damage effect) warhead, the new LG variant is based on the existing Aculeus range of induction rockets, which “communicate” wirelessly with the rocket launcher system. All requisite information, such as laser code and target behavior, is passed in encrypted form to the weapon just prior to launch. Without this information the warhead cannot be detonated, meaning that the rockets or their warheads cannot be used—even as the basis of an IED—should they fall into hostile hands. Because there are no physical connections, the Aculeus is quicker and easier to load than other systems, and does not suffer as much from misfires and foreign object damage.
Aculeus rockets form part of the Telson weapon system family, which covers a range of launchers. For rotary-wing and light fixed-wing use there are two-, eight-, 12- and 22-round launchers. The Tiger can carry two each of the larger pods, for a maximum of 68 rockets. TDA has also developed a 12-round Telson launcher for fighters such as Dassault’s Mirage 2000 and Rafale fighters. The laser-guided rocket is being promoted for the fast-jet application to provide a precision-weapons-effect capability that fills the gap between the 30mm cannon shell and the smallest bombs.
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ACŪLEŪS Laser Guided (LG)
The ACULEUS LG warhead has been conceived to limit the collateral damages to a 20 meters radius. The projectile is able to destroy light vehicles of the pick-up type (and all the on board fighters) and to damage, or to neutralize, light armoured vehicules, static or on the move.
Able to be shot from all type of aircraft, the ILGR has to be considered as “an additional arrow in the quiver” , allowing (finally) to interveine with close fire support in the immediate vicinity of friendly troops in contact, as well as to the benefit of friendly fighters (and/or of hostages) imbricated with an adversary.
More important still, this new weapon could be employed in the framework of combats “within the population”, as well in strongly urbanized zone, in the heart of villages and the most isolated hamlets, or around sensitive installations, the destruction of which would engender humanitarian or environmental disasters. Source @tda-armements.com
Telson 2 : Bi-Tube Induction Rocket-Launcher
- 2 induction rockets
- Unladen mass: 9 KG
- Multi darts: 24 KG
- Maximum mass: 27 KG
TDA produces rocket launchers for all types of in-service combat helicopters. They can deploy 12 or 22 rockets, including free-fall rockets and the future Induction Laser Guided Rocket (ILGR). TheTIGER helicopter, for example, can deploy two 22-tube launchers (TELSON 22) and two 12-tube launchers (TELSON 12), providing outstanding firepower with a total of 68 ready-to-fir rockets.
With this modular approach, platforms can also mix and match their lethal payloads to deploy a combination of anti-tank missiles (Hellfire or others) and air-to-air projectiles (e.g. MISTRAL).
The same aircraft can be equipped with different types of weapons. This makes it possible to select the most appropriate weapon system for each target profile, optimising resources and maximising cost effectiveness.
TDA has developed and conducted live firings with a new-generation rocket launcher for the latest generations of combat aircraft such as the Rafale from DASSAULT AVIATION.
The TELSON 12 JF (Jet Fighter) rocket-launcher is designed for induction-activated rockets and is ideally suited to close air support missions.
The future Induction Laser Guided Rocket (ILGR) will provide a precision strike capability out to 10,000 metres, beyond the range of the most common MANPADS threats. Source @tda-armements.com