FRANCE RE­CEIVES INI­TIAL BATCH OF MIS­SILES AND FIR­ING POSTS OF MMP

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The French De­fence Pro­cure­ment Agency (DGA) has taken de­liv­ery of the ini­tial batch of 50 mis­siles and 20 fir­ing posts from the new MMP land com­bat mis­sile sys­tem for France’s Armed Forces. MBDA has the built the MMP sys­tem un­der a con­tract awarded in 2013 to re­place the Mi­lan, the HOT mis­siles mounted on VAB Ar­moured Fight­ing Ve­hi­cles and ERYX mis­siles. Ex­pected to be­come op­er­a­tional in 2018, the MMP sys­tem will be used by French Army in­fantry and cav­alry units, as well as spe­cial forces of the navy and air­force to train fu­ture troops.

MBDA’s MMP with ‘fire-and-for­get’ and ‘man-in-the-loop’ ca­pa­bil­i­ties al­lows users to hit fixed or mo­bile tar­gets such as ve­hi­cles, ar­mour, in­fra­struc­tures, and per­son­nel while min­imis­ing the risk of collateral dam­age.The sys­tem has a strike range of more than 4,000m and can be fired by dis­mounted in­fantry­men from con­fined spa­ces. It can be fit­ted on the EBRC Jaguar ar­moured re­con­nais­sance and com­bat ve­hi­cle, which is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered to the French Army in 2020.

The DGA will ac­quire a to­tal of 400 fir­ing posts and 1,750 mis­siles by 2025.

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