PARS 3 LR

The PARS 3 LR in German service, also known as TRIGAT-LR (Third Generation AntiTank, Long Range) and AC 3G in French, is a fire-and-forget missile, which can be used against air or ground targets. It is intended for long range applications and designed to defeat tanks, helicopters and other individual targets, while minimizing the exposure of the launch vehicle to enemy fire. It is to be the main weapon system of the Eurocopter Tiger UHT helicopter. PARS 3 LR will be able to be fired in salvos of up to four in eight seconds. The missile can be applied in direct attack or top-attack modes. It was in development as of 2011.[2]

PARS 3 Long Range
PARS 3 LR
TypeAir-to-surface
air-to-air
surface-to-air
surface-to-surface missile
Place of originGermany
Production history
ManufacturerParsys GmbH, MBDA Deutschland GmbH, Diehl BGT Defence,
Variantssee text
Specifications
Mass49 kilograms (108 lb)[1]
Length1,600 millimetres (63 in)[1]
Diameter159 millimetres (6.3 in)[1]
Warhead9 kg (19.84 lb) tandem HEAT
1,000+ mm RHA penetration after ERA from TDW
Detonation
mechanism
impact

Enginesolid fuel rocket
Operational
range
up to 7 kilometres (4.3 mi)[1]
Speed1,044 kilometres per hour (649 mph)
Guidance
system
Target Acquisition: Passive IR and television CCD sensors in a mast mounted on launching helicopter
Missile guidance: Passive IR CCD sensors in the missile
Launch
platform
Helicopter

Development

The programme was initiated by Germany, France and the United Kingdom. After the UK withdrew, only Germany and France remained. The manufacturer is Parsys GmbH, a joint venture between MBDA Deutschland GmbH and Diehl BGT Defence.

A lighter, medium ranged and man-portable version called Trigat-MR (MR for Medium Range) was also planned; it was later canceled. The project evolved into the proposed Trigan system, which is based on the MILAN 3 firing posts and the Trigat-MR missile.[3]

France withdrew from the programme in 2004. On 30 June 2006, Germany ordered 680 PARS 3 LR missiles for 380 million Euros. Deliveries began in 2012.

See also

References

  1. "PARS 3 LR Data Sheet" (PDF). mbda-systems.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  2. "Germany Launches PARS 3 Main Armament for Tiger Helicopter".

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