MBDA presents new MMP surface-to-surface medium range missile mounted on MPCV vehicle 28061410
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International Exhibition of Land Defence & Security
16 - 20 June 2014
MBDA MMP missile on MPCV at Eurosatory 2014
|Saturday, June 28, 2014 07:39 PM|
|MBDA presents new MMP surface-to-surface medium range missile mounted on MPCV vehicle.|
At Eurosatory 2014, the International Defence and Security Exhibition which was held in Paris (France) from the 16 to 20 June 2014, the missile manufacturer MBDA has presented its new MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée - Surface-to-Surface Medium Range Missile ) mounted on the MPCV (Multi-Purpose Combat Vehicle).
The MPCV (Multi-Purpose Combat Vehicle) fitted with MBDA MMP missile weapon station at Eurosatory 2014, International Defence and Security Exhibition in Paris, France.
The MBDA MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée - Medium Range Missile) is a new generation surface attack missile system designed for the French Army. The MMP development programme was initiated by MBDA Systems in 2009, to replace France's Milan wire-guided anti-tank missile.
The MMP is a Fire-and-Forget type missile which does not require further guidance after launch such as illumination of the target or wire guidance, and can hit its target without the launcher being in line-of-sight of the target. The MMP missile has a maximum range of 4,000 m.
According to a decision taken by the French Minister of Defence Jean- Yves Le Drian, the French army procurement agency (DGA) has notified, December 3, 2013, to MBDA France, a contract for development and manufacturing of the MMP missile (Medium Range Missile).
Conceived primarily for dismounted combat operations, the MMP system demonstrates the extensive modularity that has allowed MBDA to derive new applications for both the French customer and for the export market only six months after the official launch of the programme by France.
”As a fifth generation land combat missile, MMP was conceived from the outset to be network enabled thanks to an infantry firing post equipped with functions including location, orientation and telemetry. These capabilities allow the system to share the tactical situation within the deployed combat unit and to engage both visible and concealed targets as well as non-line-of-sight targets,” explains Jean-Paul Faye, Head of MBDA Land Systems. “These characteristics, which are currently unique for such a lightweight missile and for this class of performance, will enable combat vehicles to be endowed with increased strike and rapid reaction capabilities, features associated with extensive liberty of manoeuvre.”
The new MMP turret mounted on MPCV vehicle is armed with 4 missile launchers and one 12.7 mm heavy machine gun.
Initial studies have shown that MPCV’s (Multi-Purpose Combat Vehicle) turret sensors (electro-optical, navigation, telemetry) are particularly well adapted for the deployment of the MMP. All that is required as an addition to the existing system is an electronic interface to handle sensor signals. In the vehicle cabin, the firing console already developed for the air defence version of MPCV, will be adapted to MMP’s specific characteristics. Initial simulations show that the missile in its tube, will withstand the mechanical and climatic environment conditions associated with carriage on the turret.
These encouraging results have led to studies being launched into the definition of a family of launchers capable of deploying two or four munitions and offering rapid fire and reloading capabilities within an operational context.
To date, mounted on highly mobile, all-terrain vehicles, MPCV has been ordered by several export countries in its air-defence version equipped with four MBDA Mistral missiles and a 12.7mm machine gun. First deliveries took place during 2013.
Francis Bordacher, Military Advisor at MBDA, presents the advantages of the MMP during Eurosatory 2014