MMP is the latest (fifth) generation land combat missile system designed for dismounted infantry as well as for integration on combat vehicles.
Featuring both fire-and-forget and man-in-the-loop operation, network-enabled MMP also receives third party target designation for indirect firing scenarios.
MMP’s design includes the growth potential necessary for a future family of missiles for modern land combat.
MMP will replace the Milan and Javelin anti-tank missiles in service with the French Army and special forces from 2017. Taking into account the battle experience gained from recent conflicts in which the French Army has been engaged, MMP is a response to the demands that have been expressed in terms of required capabilities: firing from confined spaces, “fire-and-forget”, and self-guidance with a “man-in-the-loop” facility.
- Lightweight weapon system, easily man-portable
- High level of day and night, all-weather reconnaissance and identification capability
- Confined space firing capability
The unique fifth generation land combat missile system designed for dismounted infantry as well as for integration on combat vehicles:
• Next generation seeker
• Next generation tandem warhead
• Innovative Hi Tech features
– Automatic seeker Lock-On (image correlation)
– Missile MEMS IMU for firing on target designation with in-flight targeting & re-targeting (fiber optic data link)
• Interactive firing post with autonomous operation and NCW mode
On all terrain, for all combat:
• Lightweight weapon system, easily man-portable
• High level of day and night, all-weather reconnaissance and identification capability
• Confined space firing capability
• Rapid reaction operation, firing sequence reversibility
• Lethality against a wide target set: hot and cold targets, including latest MBTs
• Collateral damage risk minimisation
MMP’s design includes the growth potential necessary for a future family of missiles for modern land combat
Range: In excess of 4,000 m in all conditions
• 2 firing modes with man in the loop
– Lock-On-Before-Launch (LOBL)
– Lock-On-After-Launch (LOAL)
• 2 seeker bands
– Colour TV
– Uncooled IR
• 2 selectable trajectories
– Low altitude with direct attack
– High altitude with top attack
• 2 selectable warhead modes (2 in 1)
– Anti Tank for optimal armour penetration
– Anti Infra for maximum blast and anti-personnel effect
MMP digital missile
• Passive dual-band seeker (uncooled IR and colour TV channel)
• Firing on target designation with accurate flight path thanks to Inertial Measurement Unit
• Two-stage main propulsion system with soft launch and smokeless characteristics
• Multi-purpose tandem warhead capable of defeating 1,000 mm of RHA, 2,000 mm of concrete
• Maintenance free
MMP interactive firing post
• Fully digitised with embedded sensors
– Latest generation IR band 2 and day camera
– Laser range finder, GPS and digital magnetic compass
• Advanced ergonomics
• Modular architecture to facilitate integration on combat vehicles
MMP next generation training simulators
• Gunnery training simulator for indoor training based on enriched reality technology
• Combat firing simulator for tactical training in the field
(Missile Moyenne Portée) Missile
• Weight (incl. tube): 15 kg
• Length: 1.3 m in tactical canister
• Diameter: 140 mm
• Real time data link (fibre optic)
• Range: in excess of 4,000 m
Interactive firing post
• Weight (incl. tripod and battery): 11 kg
• Autonomous with battery or can be connected to external power sources
MBDA starts series production of the MMP land combat missile
In line with the initial schedule defined by the DGA (the French procurement agency) in 2013, MBDA has started series production of the MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée – medium-range missile) system. First deliveries to the French armed forces as a replacement for Milan will take place as of 2017.
The final development firing of the MMP validated a complex scenario in which the target was hidden at the time of firing and then designated in flight by the gunner by means of the seeker’s feedback image supplied via a fibre-optic link. In this “indirect firing” mode, the MMP offers unparalleled precision and significantly reduces the risk of collateral damage. Since then, the DGA has declared the start of the qualifying phase for which the first four firings have already been carried out.
Since the programme was launched in 2011, some 20 test firings and numerous ground tests have served to validate all the performance values required by the French armed forces, such as system resistance and employability in extreme environment and temperature conditions, shooting under infra-red guidance at a long-range target (4,100 meters), firing in confined spaces, or warhead versatility, to ensure effectiveness against varied targets such as combat vehicles, dismounted combatants in open spaces, or entrenched in infrastructure.
Notified by the DGA in 2013, the MMP programme will provide 2,850 missiles and 400 firing posts to the French armed forces starting from 2017.
The MMP is a fifth generation land combat missile system ensuring superiority in the battlefield through its versatile warhead and its two firing modes (“direct firing” with “fire-and-forget” or “man- in- the- loop” options, and “indirect firing”). Source mbda-systems.com
MBDA INTRODUCES NAVAL VERSIONS OF THE MMP 5TH GENERATION MISSILES SYSTEM
Paris – Le Bourget MBDA has unveiled its new naval offering based on the MMP 5th generation ground combat missile at Euronaval. This decision follows the operational evaluation campaign carried out at the end of the summer by the French armed forces in Djibouti to confirm the reliability and operational performance of the MMP system in a hot environment, both from the ground and also from a rigid hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) moving at high speed.
A total of nine MMP missiles were fired with all reaching their target. Two of these shots were fired by the maritime force of marines and commandos from a ECUME RHIB. A first firing from the sea-to- land and the second from sea-to-sea have demonstrated the ease of use of the MMP.
The success of this evaluation allows MBDA to extend the integration perspectives of the MMP system and to propose it on fast attack craft or semi-rigid boats for missions against hostile ships, coastal defenses or armored vehicles, especially in support of a landing of small units or Special Forces.
At Euronaval, the MMP system (firing post and missile) is presented on the Zodiac Milpro booth, installed on a Hurricane type RHIB. On fast patrol boats, the MMP will be fired from a stabilised turret carrying four ready-to-fire ammunitions installed in launchers protecting the missiles from the maritime environment. The turret can be controlled from a dedicated console or from a multifunction console in the ship’s operations center.
Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA, said: “Today’s launch of a family of naval systems based on the MMP missile is aligned with the trajectory we initiated with the French armies at the launch of the MMP program in 2011. By deciding at that time to introduce the most modern technologies of guidance and propulsion together with a multi-effect warhead, we laid the foundations of a family of weapons capable of meeting the most demanding constraints the armed forces may encounter in the field, in terms of tactical effects, in terms of mobility, as well as in environmental terms. The MMP family sees today the advent of naval versions. I have no doubt that the MMP will give birth to other more powerful versions in the near future.“ Source mbda-systems.com
Updated Nov 01, 2018