MBDA, the European defence company which focuses on missile, has tested the Indian Army short listed PARS 3 LR, the anti-tank fire-and-forget guided missile system, on a Gernam Tiger helicopter.
The first two test firings from the Tiger were carried out within one minute of each other. Flying just 10 m above the treetops, the helicopter first fired at a stationary target around 7,000 m away. The second missile was fired just a few moments later at a target travelling at approximately 40 km/h. To make this shot, the Tiger turned 180° and assumed a firing position at an altitude of approx. 100 m. The moving target was approx 700 m distant. Both PARS 3 LR missiles hit the targets precisely at their centres.The third missile was fired the next day while the Tiger was flying forward at high speed. The Tiger fired on a stationary target around 7,000 m away while travelling at a speed of 180 km/. This guided missile also hit its target at the optimum point of impact.
MBDA Deutschland conducted the campaign on the test range in Vidsel, Sweden. The three PARS 3 LR firings were part of a MBDA Deutschland export campaign.
“With this successful firing campaign, we have impressively demonstrated the exceptional capabilities and high accuracy of the PARS 3 LR,” declared Werner Kaltenegger, Managing Director of MBDA Deutschland. “We also demonstrated our dependable performance. In times of tight budgets, this is a particularly important signal to our customers.”
The guided missile is manufactured by PARSYS, a joint venture of LFK GmbH (MBDA Deutschland) and Diehl BGT Defence. The German Army has already authorized series production of 680 PARS 3 LR guided missiles. This guided missile system is the future main armament of the Tiger support helicopter.