- Series production of elements of the MMP system now under way
- Initial deliveries of a full MMP capability to French armed forces scheduled for mid-2017
The French Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) has declared the formal final qualifying phase for MBDA’s Missile Moyenne Portée (medium-range missile: MMP) system following the conclusion of development firings by the company earlier this year.
MMP launchers mounted either side of a T40 turret on a Nexter VBCI 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle at Eurosatory 2016. (Robin Hughes)
Since launching the MMP programme in 2011, MBDA has, along with a series of ground tests, conducted some 20 firing trials against fixed targets, mobile targets, and hardened structures under a range of environmental conditions, and in confined space scenarios, at its facility in Bourges, central France.
Missile Moyenne Portée
MBDA’s Missile Moyenne Portee (MMP) Anti Tank Guided Weapon (ATGW) image @indiandefensenews.in
MBDA list the main features of the missile as:
- Lightweight, easily man-portable. The first missiles supplied will be man-portable and fired from a light tripod, but vehicle mounts are in development.
- Day or night, all-weather reconnaissance and identification capability
- Safe firing from confined spaces, with reduced blast both behind and forward of the launcher. The missile may be launched with infantry in close proximity ahead.
- Rapid reaction operation, and firing sequence reversibility. Unlike some missiles, such as Stinger, with gas-cooled IR sensors or one-shot thermal batteries, MMP may be locked-on to potential targets repeatedly without consuming resources.
- Lethality against a wide target set: hot and cold targets, including latest MBTs
- Minimising risk of collateral damage.
The missile and its guidance system offer three different operating modes:
- Man In The Loop with fibre optic data link
- Lock On After Launch (LOAL) for non line-of-sight (NLOS) and using third party target designation.
The missile carries a dual-band seeker in both IR and visible low-light video. The IR seeker is not cooled, which would restrict some performance for an anti-aircraft missile but is a major simplification for an infantry missile. In particular it avoids relying on a pressurised gas supply which would need to be replenished. A data link from the missile presents the seeker images back to the firing station for Man In The Loop control. This also allows a launch to be aborted without detonation, should a collateral civilian suddenly obscure the target.
Range: 4,000 m
Image @stratpost.comImage @janes.com
- Weight (incl. Tube) : 15 kg
- Length : 1.3 m in tactical canister
- Diameter : 140 mm
- Range : 4.000 m
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. Read full article @defesanet.com.br