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DSA 2018: Thales’ FZ220 rocket launcher completes qualification for MD 530G helicopter

17 April 2018
An MD 530G light attack helicopter conducting live-fire trials using the Thales FZ220 rocket launcher in the United States. Source: MDHI

Thales Belgium’s FZ220 rocket launcher has completed its qualification process for MD Helicopters Inc’s (MDHI’s) MD 530G light attack helicopter.

The development follows comprehensive live-fire trials carried out in March at the US Army’s Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) facility in Arizona, Thales announced on 17 April at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

The munitions fired during the trials consisted of the FZ275 70 mm laser-guided rocket (LGR) and of unguided ammunition using the FZ90 rocket motor. The warheads fitted to the munitions were not revealed.

The company pointed out that the qualification comes as “McDonnell Douglas is helping modernise the light helicopter fleet for multiple countries across the globe”, including Malaysia, which ordered six MD 530G platforms in 2016.

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