PARS 3 LR enters full scale production for German Tiger helicopters


PARS 3 LR, the main armament for the German Army’s Tiger helicopter, has entered full scale production, MBDA Germany has announced.

This follows completion of the system’s validation programme for the German customer, an event marked by a direct hit against a target during a test firing carried out at the Meppen test range (located in Lower Saxony, NW Germany) on 20 September. The target was provided by a tank moving in between houses. In the final firing, the PARS 3 LR missile struck the target at a range of approximately 3 km. All test firings were carried out from a German Tiger helicopter.

After formal clearance by the BAAINBw (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support), PARS 3 LR is now ready to go into full-scale series production for the German Army’s Tiger helicopter.
“The successful conclusion of the firing campaign sends a strong signal to our national customers and potential export customers”, declared Thomas Homberg, Managing Director of MBDA Germany. “This guided missile system will make an important contribution to the Bundeswehr, enabling it to fulfil the demanding missions it is expected to perform even better in the future.”

The PARS 3 LR fire-and-forget missile allows the helicopter to quit its position immediately after firing a missile, thereby limiting to the absolute minimum its exposure to the threat of retaliation. Salvo firing allows the engagement of various targets at the same time.

Manufacture for the German Army will be carried out by PARSYS, a joint venture between MBDA Germany and Diehl BGT Defence. The procurement contract for the PARS 3 Long Range precision fire-and-forget missiles was signed by the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB), MBDA Germany and Diehl BGT Defence. The contract covers industrialization and delivery of 680 missiles for the German Army.

The weapon is offered to the export market. To meet a helicopter-launched air-to-ground Anti-Tank Guided Missile requirement in India, MBDA has proposed the PARS 3 LR multi-target, long range weapon system which has now been short-listed by the Indian MoD. Within the framework of this competition, PARS 3 LR conducted two firing campaigns comprising six firings all of which struck their targets at the optimal hit point, MBDA Germany said.