TDA rocket systems have been deployed by Tiger helicopters in recent conflicts, demonstrating the versatility of these advanced weapon systems and their reliability in all operational scenarios and environmental conditions. Two major products of the France-based TDA Armements, part of Thales Group, are Telson 2 digital rocket launcher and Aculeus LG Laser Guided Rocket. In Afghanistan between 2009 and 2012, the weapon system was confronted to the altitude and cold weather conditions, in order to support by fire ground troops operating in the mountains and to protect the convoys between the capital, KABUL, and the Kapisa and Surobi provinces
Appointed under the Trade Mark TELSON, TDA’s digital rocket launchers are available in a range of sizes including 22, 12, 8 and dual-tube models. They are designed for latest-generation combat aircraft, combat helicopters, light reconnaissance and liaison helicopters, operational light aviation and unmanned air systems. TDA has developed the dual-tube rocket launcher version (TELSON 2) for piston-engined light aircraft such as the CHEELAR from ISSOIRE AVIATION, or fixed winged drones. This solution provides emerging powers as well as established forces with more affordable access to effective, combat-proven technology for a broad spectrum of missions ranging from air patrol to airspace, maritime and territorial surveillance.
The ACULEUS LG warhead, part of TDA’s Induction Laser Guided Rocket system, has been conceived to limit the collateral damages to a 20 meters radius. The projectile is able to destroy light vehicles of the pick-up type (and all the on board fighters) and to damage, or to neutralize, light armoured vehicules, static or on the move. The Aculeus LG has sub-metric precision capability on static and moving target, as well as lock-on after launch capability. The Aculeus LG has total weight of 8,8 kg, making it easily transportable for support troops. Its firing range is comprised between 1,000 m and 5,000 m. TDA’s ILGR rocket system will come into service in the French armed forces in 2019. The first platform to be equipped with will be the Tiger attack helicopter, but the rocket system can also be fitted on every aircraft capable of carrying the Telson rocket launcher.