By S.L. Fuller | February 2, 2018
Airbus Helicopters’ H145M recently demonstrated the ability to fire Thales-built, laser-guided rockets under the HForce program. The manufacturer said Wednesday the tests occurred in December 2017 at the Älvdalen test range of the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration Flight Test Centre.
“The laser guided rockets from Thales performed incredibly well,” said Raymond Laporte, test pilot at Airbus, “especially taking into consideration the weather conditions we experienced during the trials which were far from ideal with a lot of moisture in the air.”
The electro-optical system from L3 Wescam has embedded laser designation. Airbus said that enables a deviation of less than a meter for all rockets fired at a distance of up to some 2.8 miles.
The H145M conducted ballistic missile testing in Hungary in November with the HForce weapons system.
According to Airbus, final qualification of HForce on the H145M is scheduled for the end of this year. The laser-guided rockets should be qualified at the end of 2019.