Sweden conducts firing tests of French MBDA MMP anti-tank missile

According to a Tweet published on October 26, 2021, by Mikael Frisell, Director Landsystems at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), Sweden has conducted firing tests with the French MMP (Medium-Range Missile) designed and developed by the company MBDA.
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Sweden has conducted firing tests with the French MBDA MMP Medium-Range Missile. (Picture source Twiter account Mikael Frisell)

The MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée – Medium-Range Missile) is a portable surface-to-surface launcher missile system developed by the Defense Company MBDA. The development of the MMP started in 2009 initiated by the Company MBDA and the mass production began in 2013. In January 2019, A French army unit has deployed and implements the new medium-range missile (MMP) for the first time on the fields in the Three Borders region of southeastern Mali.

In July 2020, that MBDA will join 13 partners and subcontractors from 5 countries to develop a new capability based on the MMP missile system that will be unique for mounted and dismounted forces. LynkEUs, an MBDA coordinated project, has been selected by the European Commission as part of the new European Defence Industrial Development Program (EDIDP), following consultation with the Member States.

In July 2021, France and Sweden agreed to co-develop a new anti-tank missile based on MBDA’s Missile Moyenne Portée (Medium-Range Missile/MMP) missile. The French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) has signed a letter of intent with Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk or FMV) to build these new missiles.

The MMP is the latest (fifth) generation land combat missile system designed for dismounted infantry as well as for integration on combat vehicles. The weapon’s effectiveness has also been proven on small naval craft.

The missile is fitted with selectable warhead mode to be used as an Anti-Tank missile for optimal armor penetration or with maximum blast effect against dismount personnel. It has a minimum firing range of 150m and a maximum of 4,000m. The warhead can penetrate 1,000 mm of rolled homogeneous armor (RHA), and 2,000mm of concrete. It can destroy targets as heavy tanks with reactive armor as well as infantry entrenched in infrastructure.