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 program has recently completed the validation phase, with a series of firing trials performed by a Bundeswehr Tiger helicopter, engaging moving tanks in simulated urban terrain from a range of 3,000 meters. The test firing was carried out at the Meppen test range (located in Lower Saxony, NW) on 20 September 2012. The tests confirm that PARS 3 LR completely fulfils the specified system performance requirements under operational conditions.
On 30th June 2006, the procurement contract for the PARS 3 LR precision fire-and-forget missiles was signed in Koblenz by the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB),Deutschland and . The contract covers industrialization and delivery of 680 missiles for the German Army by the year 2014.
The contract for industrialisation and series production of the PARS 3 LR missiles will be managed by PARSYS, a joint venture betweenDeutschland GmbH (50%) and (50%). Development of the overall PARS 3 LR system was formally completed in mid-2004. However, Deutschland has been manufacturing key components (electronics, launchers) of the PARS 3 LR system which have then been integrated by Eurocopter into the platform since the series production contract for the 80 Tiger helicopters was signed in 1998.
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While the German Army Aviation Corps is currently the only customer for the, is hopeful that its new missile will be selected to equip the helicopters of the n Army, where it was short-listed against the Israeli Spike ER missile. MBDA has already demonstrated the PARS 3 LR in two firing campaigns, comprising six firings all of which struck their targets at the optimal hit point.
On the first test held in May 2011 MBDA conducted a successful series of test firing of theguided anti-missile, carrying a live warhead. The missile was launched from a German Army Tiger helicopter. Three missiles were fired, scoring three hits. MBDA Deutschland conducted the campaign on the test range in Vidsel, Sweden. The three PARS 3 LR firings were part of a MBDA Deutschland export campaign. The guided missile system is on the short list for a procurement project of the n Army. MBDA’s and RAFAEL Spike ER have already been shortlisted for the final phase of weapon selection for the n Army attack helicopters.
Two of the missiles were fired from hovering position, at an altitude of about 10 meters above treetops. The helicopter first fired at a stationary target around 7,000 m away. The second missile was fired just a few moments later at a target travelling at approximately 40 km/h., about 700 meters away. To make this shot, the Tiger turned 180° and assumed a firing position at an altitude of about 300 ft. Both PARS 3 LR missiles hit the targets precisely at their centers. The third missile was fired the next day while the Tiger was flying forward at high speed. The Tiger fired on a stationary target around 7,000 m away while the helicopter was flying at a speed of 180 km/. This guided missile also hit its target at the optimum point of impact.