- 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)
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
- 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.
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