Missiles manufacturer MBDA to showcase latest innovations and technologies at Eurosatory 2014 300414
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International Exhibition of Land Defence & Security
16 - 20 June 2014
MBDA at Eurosatory 2014
|Wednesday, April 30, 2014 01:00 PM|
|Missiles manufacturer MBDA to showcase latest innovations and technologies at Eurosatory 2014.|
At Eurosatory 2014, MBDA will showcase a full range of new missile systems and combat missile systems as the MMP (Medium-range missile), MPCV (very short-range ground-based air defence vehicle), PCP (Platoon Command Post), I-MCP (Improved Missile Command Post), SAMP Aster 30 medium range air defense missile systems and more. The European Defence Company MBDA is one the world leader in the development, design and manufacture of missiles. The MBDA group has a large industrial and technological base in the United States, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Australia.
The MMP (Medium Range missile) is a new generation of anti-tank missile developed by MBDA to replace the existing MILAN anti-tank missile.
The MMP is currently under development by MBDA to replace the anti-tank missile Milan in service with the French Army. The MMP is a fifth generation of missile weapon system which features both fire-and-forget and man-in-the-loop operation.
The MPCV (Multi-Purpose Combat Vehicle) is a new concept of mobile air defense missile system to provide air defense units with a highly mobile weapon system featuring excellent crew protection and high fire power.
The MPCV is fitted with a weapon station armed with four ready-to-fire Mistral 2 missiles. The turret comprises a gyro-stabilized EOSS day/thermal sensor suite with integrated laser rangefinder, developed by Rheinmetall Defence Electronics (RDE) of Germany.
The MPCV is able to intercept mobile air targets at ranges exceeding 6 km and altitudes exceeding 3,000 m.
MPCV can be operated from within the vehicle or, remotely, through a state-of-the-art fully mobile workstation which can be installed in a building, a bunker or any other protected position if static operations are called for.
In November 2013, MBDA has announced the first delivery of MCV mobile air defense system for a customer in the Middle East. The first MPCV (Multi-Purpose Combat Vehicle) delivered is based on the German-produced Mercedes Unimog 5000 chassis, a high-mobility 4×4 armored vehicle offered by SOFRAME (of the French Lohr group).
According to Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA the development of the MPCV took four years and was fully funded by the company. “It then took less than three years after the signing of the first contract to integrate the systems on a vehicle chosen by the end customer, deliver at the agreed date and implement a technology transfer under which the customer will be able, in complete autonomy, to keep its equipment in operational condition.”
Inside view of the PCP Platoon Command Post
To provide adapted solutions for the command and control (C2) of Ground Based Air Defence systems, MBDA has developed the PCP (Platoon Command Post) offering high-standard performance and optimised flexibility to the GBAD (Ground Based Air Defense) commander.
This modular C2 system has been directly derived from the VL MICA system’s Tactical Operations Centre which was developed in close cooperation with French Air Force military experts. Its functions have been extended to include the control of multi-layered configurations combining MISTRAL and VL MICA GBAD systems as well as their integration within wider air defence networks.
With PCP the structure and capabilities of a GBAD operational unit can be tailored in line with mission, terrain and air threat requirements. Depending on the tactical situation, the linking and coordination of up to eight V-SHORAD MISTRAL launchers or up to six SHORAD VL MICA launchers can be carried out. Alternatively, a combination of V-SHORAD and SHORAD systems can be also linked together, in this case comprising up to four missile launchers of each type (MISTRAL and VL MICA).
During the press tour organized by Nexter Systems, MBDA, Thales, Renault Trucks Defense, Airbus Group, and Safran Sagem in April 2014, the missile manufacturer MBDA has announced the firsrt delivery of the PCP this year for a customer in the Middle-East.
MBDA I-MCP (Improved Missile Control Post)
The I-MCP (Improved Missile Control Post) is designed by MBDA to provide optimum surveillance, command and control functions for Mistral missile or VL MICA Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) systems.
The system was unveiled for the first time in Abu Dhabi during the defense exhibition IDEX in 2011. The I-MCP will be also delivered to the same customer in Middle East as the PCP (Platoon Command Post).
The I-MCP (Improved Missile Control Post) integrates, within a shelter mounted on an all-terrain vehicle, a command and control unit and latest generation Thales 3D radar capable of detecting and identifying aerial targets at ranges of 80 km with a maximum altitude detection of 15,000 m. The I-MCP can tracked up to 100 targets simultaneously.
The I-MCP can be remotely controlled from a Platoon Command Post (PCP).
SAMP missile launcher unit (left) and command post vehicle (right)
The SAMP is the latest generation of surface-to-air air defense missile system used by the French Army. SAMP is a theatre antimissile system designed to protect the battlefield and sensitive tactical sites (such as airports and sea ports) against all current and future airborne threats, including cruise missiles, manned and unmanned aircraft and tactical ballistic missiles in the 600 km range class.