Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has awarded French company Thales a contract to supply 70-mm rocket launchers to the Indian Armed Forces. The deal provides for 135 rocket launchers for 33 attack helicopters. Eighteen of the army’s advanced light helicopters and 15 of the India Air Force’s light combat helicopters will be equipped with four 12-tube rocket launchers. The company produces the rocket launchers using composite material, making them an average of 50 percent lighter than metal launchers and eliminating corrosion issues. The launchers are suited for use on both light and combat helicopters. Munitions available for use with the launchers, range from conventional rockets to laser-guided variant from Thales.