Questioned by the deputies of the defense committee of the National Assembly on the subject of the replacement of the long-range LRU rocket launchers of the Army, the General Delegate of Armaments, Emmanuel Chiva, suggested that the hypothesis of the development of a national system, was under study , to determine its feasibility and relevance.
It is true that the Army only plans, within the framework of the 2024-2030 Military Programming Law, to acquire at best only a dozen of these precious, but expensive, long-range artillery systems , capable of strike in the depths of the opposing system, and that it only plans, in the long term, to have only 26, in the best case scenario, the questions of development costs are decisive.
Advantages and constraints of the development of a French long-range rocket launcher system
Certainly, having a national weapon system, as important as long-range rocket launchers, which also use ballistic missiles, has many interests, in particular with regard to freedom maneuver and decision of political power and armies.
By turning to the American Himars , the South Korean K239 Chunmoo or the Israeli PULS , as other European countries are doing, the Army would certainly make substantial savings, by avoiding having to finance the development of a reputedly complex weapon system.
The question is all the more pressing as many armies, European and beyond, have already turned to these systems, which limits, in fact, the opportunities for export, or even technological partnership, from Paris, for a very long-range artillery system of French construction.
On the other hand, it would partially cede its decision-making autonomy to one of these countries, whether to deploy its systems, to implement them, as well as to acquire new munitions, or even new systems.
Propulsion, guidance and calculator: French manufacturers have all the technological building blocks required
But, in this area, it turns out that the French defense industry already has the technological building blocks necessary to be able to develop, independently, such a system, which could significantly reduce both costs and development times.
A long-range rocket launcher system is, in fact, made up of three major technological building blocks. First of all, it is necessary to design and manufacture a rocket, or even a ballistic missile, and more particularly its propulsion system.
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