TRIGAT Long Range Warhead Passes Qualification Tests
(Source : EADS/LFK Lenkflugkoerpersysteme; issued Sept. 17, 2001)
(Issued in German only ; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com


UNTERSCHLEISSHEIM/SCHROBENHAUSEN, Germany---The PARS 3 (TRIGAT) long range antitank guided missile system, the future main armament of the Tiger support helicopter, successfully concluded its warhead qualification tests at the Schrobenhausen firing range, under supervision of the responsible local quality inspection agency.

This was announced today by EADS/LFK Lenkflugkoerpersysteme, a subsidiary of EADS European Aeronautic Defence and space company.

Between at the end of July and late August a total of 14 firings were conducted to test warheads in the original configuration, with pre- and main hollow charge, proximity fuses and the safety devices.

The firings were carried out from a sled, accelerated at the missile's specified rate, against contractually determined targets. The targets simulated the most modern armor protection of third-generation main battle tanks, and therefore represented a realistic challenge:

Three different target types were to be penetrated, all in a multi-layered structure with armor plate, glass and other materials, additionally strengthened upstream multiple reactive armoring.

The complete penetration of the targets with a defined minimum remainder performance was required after penetration - and not only under "fair weather" conditions but in temperature ranges from under minus 30 degrees Celsius to over 50 degrees Celsius.

During the tests, these requirements were not only fulfilled, but were clearly exceeded formost of the 14 firings.

In the first instance, Matra BAe Dynamics (MBD) has responsibility for the development of the TRIGAT LR missile, which the TDW team congratulates for achieving this significant in technical performance.

With these tests, MBD, EADS/LFK and TDW have thereby advanced a crucial step towards achieving qualification of the PARS 3 LR warhead, which is a prerequisite for the qualification of the entire missile.

With a turnover of 24.2 billion euro and 100,000 employees, EADS European Aeronautic Defence and Space company is the largest European aerospace and defense manufacturer, and ranks number 2 is world-wide.

EADS is active in the field of civil aviation, helicopter, space travel, military transport and combat aircraft as well as defense technology and services. Among other things EADS owns 80 per cent of Airbus, 75 per cent of the space firm Astrium, 100 per cent of the helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter, 43 per cent at the Eurofighter program and 37.5 per cent of the guided missile manufacturer MBDA.

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