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Mis­sile Moyenne Portée – Medium-Range Mis­sile (MMP) 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 and HOT wire-guided, anti-tank mis­siles. The en­tire MMP de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme is funded by MBDA. The weapon sys­tem was qual­i­fied by the French Di­rec­tion Générale de l’Arme­ment (DGA) in July 2017.

The MMP is a light­weight man-por­ta­ble mis­sile that can be in­stalled on tracked and wheeled ve­hi­cles. It offers en­hanced pre­cise­ness and con­sid­er­able au­to­ma­tion in strik­ing tar­gets, and is ca­pa­ble of de­stroy­ing both sta­tion­ary and mov­ing tar­gets with min­i­mum col­lat­eral dam­age.

The ca­pa­bil­ity of the MMP’s war­head to strike against a new gen­er­a­tion of ex­plo­sive re­ac­tive ar­mour was also tested by MBDA. The com­pany has also val­i­dated MMP’s fir­ing post er­gonomics and ar­chi­tec­ture. The mis­sile un­der­went techno-op­er­a­tional tri­als at the DGA’s test cen­tre in Bourges be­tween Au­gust 2017 and Oc­to­ber 2017. The French Armed Forces took de­liv­ery of the ini­tial batch of 50 MMPs and 20 fir­ing ports in Novem­ber 2017. Com­mis­sion­ing of the mis­siles is sched­uled for 2018. The MMP pro­gramme is an­tic­i­pated to de­liver up to 1,750 mis­siles and 400 fir­ing posts to the French Armed Forces, by 2025.

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