The US Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) is to evaluate Thales’ induction rocket system technology under a six-month US Foreign Technology Assessment Support (FTAS) contract, signed in early October.
Under the provisions of the FTAS agreement, an AMRDEC delegation will work with Thales engineers on a week-long capability assessment of the 68 mm Aculeus induction rockets, and Telson-22 (22-tube) and Telson-12 (12-tube) rocket launchers, at Thales’ La Ferté-Saint-Aubin facility in northern France. No flights or firings of the system will be conducted during the assessment.
“AMRDEC wants to get an in-depth understanding of our induction rocket technologies, and firings are not necessary for this since the US Army is already aware of the comprehensive deployment of the Telson system in Afghanistan,” Matthieu Krouri, senior manager of Thales’ Airborne Weapon Systems division told Jane’s . “This evaluation could potentially result in an induction rocket solution informing part of AMRDEC’s Modular Missile Technology [MMT] requirement,” Krouri added.
MMT is a product-line approach to missile design based on a modular open-system architecture for guided missiles. The objectives of the MMT project are to demonstrate technologies that support a guided-munition product line – in order to address a number of perceived lethality gaps for US Army aviation manned rotary-wing and unmanned aircraft system (UAS) platforms – and to develop a new architecture for the purpose of reducing life-cycle costs for guided missiles. AMRDEC seeks to ensure that the design principles of the MMT are broadly applicable to other guided-munition developments efforts, regardless of diameter.
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