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Germany to Deliver Ukraine Rocket Launchers Mounted on Pickup Trucks

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 Photo for illustration / Thales FZ275 70mm/2.75-inch Laser Guided Rocket (LGR) from the Arnold Defense LAND-LGR4 “FLETCHER” rocket launcher
Photo for illustration / Thales FZ275 70mm/2.75-inch Laser Guided Rocket (LGR) from the Arnold Defense LAND-LGR4 “FLETCHER” rocket launcher

As known, on January 4, 2023, the German MoD (Ministry of Defense) updated the list of military and weapons that will be supplied to Ukraine

It is including 20 70mm rocket launchers mounted on pick-up trucks. What kind of system the rocket launchers are exactly has not been officially announced. The only thing that is clear is that these are industrial products and not Bundeswehr stocks.

In January 2022, German defense procurement agency BAAINBw ordered 2.75-inch (70mm) high-explosive rockets from Rheinmetall Waffe Munition (RWM) for an amount €19.92 million.

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As known, Thales and Rheinmetall have developed together a 70mm rocket launcher for Germany's Tiger Mk III helicopters. The FZ606 modular launcher can deliver six types of FZ275 guided rockets or a combination of guided and unguided rockets.

In April 2022, Rheinmetall has demonstrated the laser-guided rocket firing capabilities of its Mission Master SP Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) during a live-fire demonstration in Sweden. The UGV was equipped with a Rheinmetall Fieldranger Multi remotely controlled weapon station armed with two seven-tube 70mm rocket launchers from Thales Belgium.

The rocket weapon station was armed with Thales FZ275 70mm laser-guided rockets able to engage stationary and mobile targets at ranges of up to 7 km with minimal collateral damage.

The Rheinmetall weapon station armed with the 70mm rocket launcher can be easily integrated into other platforms such as pickup trucks or armored vehicles.

The FZ275 LGR Laser Guided Rocket closes the gap between the long-range high-value missiles and the short-range guns/cannon and unguided rockets, thus affording a full range of precision effects from a platform to defeat soft and light armored targets.

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