Thales and ASELSAN signed new cooperation agreement during IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi to continue joint development of Missile Launcher System

PARIS, 26-2-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Thales and ASELSAN of Turkey have signed a new cooperation agreement during IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi to continue joint development of a Missile Launcher System that incorporates Thales’s Lightweight Multi-role Missiles (LMM) and the Missile Launcher System of ASELSAN.

The cooperation between the two companies was initiated in 2010 and first stage firings of an integrated Missile Launcher System and LMM were demonstrated in 2014. The agreement covers further firing demonstrations, initially in the naval domain and allows for further cooperation in other areas where both Thales and ASELSAN are well experienced.

Thales’s LMM is a lightweight precision strike-missile that has been designed to be fired from a variety of tactical platforms including helicopters, fixed or rotary winged UAVs, wheeled or tracked vehicles or naval platforms. The target set includes surface threats such as static installations, armoured personnel carriers, asymmetric threats, fast in-shore attack crafts and UAVs.

ASELSAN’s Missile Launcher System is a customized compact and lightweight solution for naval platforms such as fast patrol boats and larger ships, providing defence for critical infrastructure such as oil rigs, seaports and naval bases against a variety of surface and air threats. The LMM Launcher System can be used either autonomously or fully integrated within a combat management system.

General Specifications:

  • 4/8 ready to fire LMM designed and produced by Thales
  • 2 axis gyro stabilized turret
  • Automatic target tracking through independent stabilized EO suite
  • Laser range finder for target ranging
  • High hit performance with fast reaction time
  • High level system automation for ease of use
  • Ease of integration into existing and new built Fast Interceptor Crafts
  • Low maintenance cost and high reliability

The LMM Missile Launcher System is on display at IDEX 2015 in ASELSAN’s stand (Hall 10 D05) and LMM is on the Thales stand (Hall 8 A08).

About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security markets. In 2013, the company generated revenues of €14.2 billion with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners.

Thales UK employs 7,500 staff based at 35 locations. In 2013 Thales UK’s revenues were around £1.3 billion.

About Aselsan:
Aselsan is Turkey’s leading defence company holding a well established reputation focusing on in-house critical capabilities, state-of-the-art technologies and sustainable research & development. Aselsan serves as a technology center in design, development, production, system integration, modernization and after sales services in the fields of Military Communication Systems, Professional Communication Systems, Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems, Electro-Optical Systems, INS and Avionic Systems, Defence and Weapon Systems, C4ISR Systems, Naval Combat Systems, Transportation  Systems, Security Systems,  Energy and Power Management Systems, Toll Collection and Traffic Management Systems. Powered by a fast increasing rate of global exports and an annual turnover continually exceeding the billion dollar benchmark, Aselsan is consistently ranked among the hundred largest defence companies in the world. More information about Aselsan is available at

Press contacts:

Media Relations – Land & Naval Defence
Sonia Le Guével
+33 6 31 31 31 36

Thales UK,
Media Relations
John Warehand
+44 (0)7817 455409

+90 312 592 10 00

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