Thales and WB Group collaborate on Remote Weapon System with 70mm rockets

By Defence Industry Europe

During the Eurosatory exhibition, Thales Belgium, WB Electronics, and AREX signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-develop an innovative remote weapon system (RWS) equipped with 70mm rockets.


Leveraging their combined expertise, the three entities aim to create a cutting-edge RWS that integrates Thales Belgium’s unguided and guided rocket technology with the versatile AREX ZMU 03/05 turret. The collaboration focuses on capitalizing on the synergies and strengths of each partner to bring this advanced system to market.

The AREX ZMU 03/05 turrets, known for their modular design, are engineered and manufactured in Poland. These unmanned turrets are adaptable to various weapons ranging from 5.56 mm to 40 mm calibers. They are also 20% lighter compared to other solutions, which enhances their operational efficiency. The modularity of the ZMU 03/05 allows for quick servicing, repairs, and upgrades, making it a highly flexible and modernizable system. Each AREX remote-controlled weapon station is equipped with double optical sensors and gun stabilization, ensuring precision and reliability.



The integration of Thales Belgium’s unguided and guided rocket systems will enable the new AREX ZMU 03/05 turret to meet diverse operational needs. This includes capabilities for Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) and precision-guided munitions for ground-to-ground applications at a lower cost. The FZ275 Laser Guided Rocket (LGR) developed by Thales Belgium bridges the gap between traditional guns, cannons, unguided rockets, and high-end missiles. The FZ275 LGR is designed to target light-armored vehicles, buildings, grounded aircraft, radars, and command stations with high precision.

Moreover, the system provides a cost-effective solution for countering drone threats. It can effectively engage Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) at ranges up to 3 kilometers and altitudes up to 2.5 kilometers, utilizing the newly developed FZ123 warhead on existing unguided rocket motors and compatible with most rocket launchers in Thales’ portfolio.

This collaboration also opens doors for future advancements in land solutions and enhanced counter-drone capabilities, further solidifying the partnership between WB Electronics, AREX, and Thales Belgium.



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