Preparation and deployment of army aviators – What the capabilities of the future might look like

It is well known that equipment and training are the main components of success. The people who put themselves in confusing or even dangerous situations for us and others need to be able to trust in their equipment and push it to its limits. Accordingly, the capabilities of army aviators are under constant pressure to develop further.


Modern armed forces demand new capabilities in symmetric and asymmetric fighting scenarios. One of the most interesting development projects in the scope of sustainable combat value enhancement is transforming traditionally unguided 70 mm rockets into guided rockets in order to increase hit rates while sustainably reducing collateral damage.


Guided rockets offer an inexpensive, effective alternative to the known guided missiles and do not compromise on the flexibility offered by conventional rockets. Thus, guided rockets close the technological and economic gap between conventional unguided rockets and expensive guided missiles. The European competence centres for precise ammunition at the Thales Group have also made it their task to pursue this development. Thales Belgium is the European market leader for fully integrated 70 mm rocket systems that are currently standard weapons in the German, Spanish and Australian Tiger fighting helicopters, as well as 30 additional platforms.


Air Force Key Account Manager Viktoria Stürmer explains the range of capabilities needed for the Tiger Mk3 in Bückeburg.


In addition, Thales Deutschland is partnered with the HFTS (Helicopter Flight Training Services GmbH) and is a leader in the field of simulation and training for army aviators. As a partner and supplier for the German Federal Armed Forces, Thales helps pilots complete their comprehensive training with the NH90 simulator. That means the simulation has to be updated on a regular basis so the requirements scenarios always remain as realistic as possible.


Air Force Key Account Manager Viktoria Stürmer comments on the importance of training and simulation



Binocular helmet systems have also demonstrably assisted soldiers by increasing performance and reducing pilots’ fatigue. Thales supports army aviators during long missions, such as in Mali or Afghanistan on the Tiger and NH90 platforms and others, with over 1,000 units delivered to date.

Every day, our customers face difficult tasks and decisions and need functional infrastructure to master these challenges. We help them by providing solutions that fulfil the important and necessary requirements.