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Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 6:53 am Post subject: MILAN ER
First Successful Guided Firing of the MILAN ER Missile
Fri, 2 Jun 2006, 01:20
The first successful guided firing of the MILAN ER (Extended Response) development missile took place on 18 May at the DGA test centre in Bourges, southwest France (ETBS). Milan ER is the latest generation of MBDA’s MILAN anti-tank guided weapon which is in service with over 40 customers worldwide.
The development firing served to prove the aerodynamic properties of the system as well as guidance and control characteristics, the correct behaviour in-flight of the new components of the missile at medium range, and, particularly, the jet deflection device and the remote control wire (the missile was fitted with a 3,000m coil).
The operation was carried out in the same way as for the MILAN missiles currently in service, including the aiming of the line of sight, firing mechanism and ejection of the missile and the sighting by the gunner up until the point of impact on the target.
This test was the first step in a series of development firings scheduled to take place before the end of the year to validate the range performance and manoeuvrability characteristics of the missile, as well as the operational use with the ADT firing post. The ADT firing post has already been trialled at the ETBS test range in March this year completing the industrial development phase of the programme. The firing post is now undergoing qualification.
The guided firing was the latest in a series of major trials undertaken in 2006 under the MILAN ER development programme. These include:
- Testing of the extended propellant grain (Roxel UK);
- Initial troubleshooting bench tests of the new jet deflector (Roxel France);
- Optimization of the performance of the warhead (Ruag, Switzerland);
- Production of the prototype guidance control unit specific to the Milan ER missile (MBDA Deutschland);
- Guided firings of the missile in MBDA wind tunnel tests.
The Milan ER benefits from all the performance and operational characteristics which made the MILAN family popular (ergonomics, reliability, simplicity, robustness and ease of use) and also features the next generation technologies needed to meet the new requirements in combat while keeping a total lifecycle cost that is compatible with the budgetary restrictions of the armed forces. The new technologies concern the warhead, propulsion system, manoeuvrability in-flight and the operating range (3,000m).
For the ADT firing post, the latest technologies concern full digitization of the system and the resulting additional applications (incorporation of the thermal imager; video inputs/outputs for remote operation; remote vision; new instruction and training tools; built-in-test; maintenance tools and geo-positioning tools).
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