Brazilian Company Mectron arrives on African market with its antitank weapon system MSS 1.2 2209123

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Mectron MSS 1.2 antitank missile at AAD 2012
 
 
Saturday, September 22, 2012, 10:17 PM
 
Brazilian Company Mectron arrives on the African market with its antitank weapon system MSS 1.2
Brazilian Company Mectron wants to conquer the market of anti-tank missile on Africa with its MSS1.2 portable medium-range antitank weapon system. Mectron MSS-1.2 is an antitank missile system with laser guidance used for close and medium range fighting. It is the standard personal missile launch system of the Brazilian army and marine corps.
     
Brazilian Company Mectron wants to conquer the market of anti-tank missile on Africa with its MSS1.2 portable medium-range antitank weapon system. Mectron MSS-1.2 is an antitank missile system with laser guidance used for close and medium range fighting. It is the standard personal missile launch system of the Brazilian army and marine corps.
Brazilian Mectron MSS 1.2 portable medium-range antitank weapon missile system at AAD 2012.
     

The MSS 1.2 has a range of 200 to 3,200 m and can be used against tanks, armoured vehicles, infantry, bunkers, small buildings, boats, aircraft, and helicopters.

The missile is equipped with a warhead type hollow charge and a two-stage propulsion system. Guidance is performed by a laser beam projected by the fire control system.

The missile was developed in the beginning by the Italian company Otobreda under the name of MAF in co-operation with Orbita of Brazil, in order to meet a requirement of the Brazilian Army. Thereafter, development and production has since been taken over by the Brazilian company Mectron.

Mectron has been awarded a contract from the Brazilian army for the development of the MSS-1.2 laser-guided anti-tank missile which is based on the earlier MAF system.

The MSS 1.2 antitank missile system can be used by a single operator. The operator designates and tracks a target through the optical sight of the Firing Post, thus establishing a line-of-sight. Half a second after the missile is launched, the Firing Post emits a pulsed laser beam with its center aligned with the line-of-sight. As the missile flies into the laser beam, a receptor placed at its tail detects and decodes the pulsed laser, generating position error information that is processed by the control section to create servo commands, used to electrically actuate the canards to keep the missile in the center line of the laser beam until the target is hit and the contact fuze initiates the shaped charge warhead.

 

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