Thursday, December 1, 2022

French Mirage 2000D conducts test release of Thales’s BAT-120 laser-guided munition

Thales has announced that the French Air Force’s Mirage 2000D fighter jet has successfully conducted a test release of a laser-guided BAT-120 lightweight munition prototype. 

According to the company, the BAT-120 is a new air-to-surface weapon system designed to be launched from military aircraft at targets on land or sea.

The laser-guided BAT-120 is a precision strike weapon, reasonably sized that can be carried in large numbers on the aircraft’s wing pylons to fight all types of fixed or mobile targets (lightly armoured or unarmoured vehicles, go-fast vessels).


According to Thales, the laser-guided BAT-120 is a lightweight (35 kg) weapon with low operating costs. This 120 mm precision strike system can be fired at medium and high altitudes. No major modifications to the aircraft are needed because it uses the fire control system of a laser-guided weapon.

Thales is developing and make the modern defence solutions, from designing smart sensors and advanced defence systems, to developing collaborative combat, and connecting and equipping soldiers on the digital battlefield, company’s systems deliver information superiority and give joint forces mastery of action whenever they face their decisive moments.

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