MBDA starts MMP in­te­gra­tion tests

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

MBDA has started in­te­gra­tion tests with MMP (Mis­sile Moyenne Portée – Medium Range Mis­sile) which the com­pany has been de­vel­op­ing un­der its own fund­ing since 2009 to equip the French Army with a new ground com­bat weapon to be avail­able as of 2017.

A risk re­duc­tion con­tract, no­ti­fied by the French DGA (Di­rec­tion Générale de l’Arme­ment) in De­cem­ber 2011, served to val­i­date the tech­ni­cal choices be­hind the crit­i­cal equip­ment in­volved with the mis­sile and its fir­ing post. The ca­pa­bil­ity of the mis­sile’s non-cooled in­frared seeker to guide it to­wards the tar­get in “fire and for­get” mode, the elec­tro-op­ti­cal per­for­mance of the lat­est gen­er­a­tion cam­eras in the fir­ing post as well as the dy­namic be­hav­iour of the fi­bre op­tic con­nec­tion nec­es­sary for “man in the loop” op­er­a­tion were also able to be con­firmed.

The con­fig­u­ra­tion of the mis­sile and its as­so­ci­ated equip­ment have been fixed, al­low­ing the pro­gramme to en­ter the in­te­gra­tion phase at the be­gin­ning of 2013, with the first func­tional mod­els be­ing in­te­grated and tested. At the same time, en­vi­ron­men­tal test­ing of a full model have en­abled MMP’s sub-assem­bly en­vi­ron­men­tal spec­i­fi­ca­tions to be es­tab­lished. This will al­low progress to­wards the shock and vi­bra­tion test­ing phase.

Tests with the war­head against the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of ex­plo­sive re­ac­tive ar­mour have been suc­cess­fully car­ried out. New tri­als were also able to start in re­cent weeks to ver­ify the weapon’s be­hav­iour in its anti-in­fra­struc­ture mode to fi­nalise de­vel­op­ment of the multi-func­tional war­head.

At the same time, the er­gonomics of the fir­ing post as well as its mod­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture were also val­i­dated, con­firm­ing also the so­lu­tion in­tended for the in­te­gra­tion of MMP on the CT-40 canon tur­ret for which stud­ies have al­ready started with Nex­ter.

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