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MBDA Introduces New Land Combat Missile System

MBDA Introduces New Land

MBDA’s MMP fifth-generation land combat system is now in use by the French Army.

MBDA features a new land combat missile system just recently fielded while using French Army who’s hopes will gain traction inside the Middle East.

The Missile Moyenne Portee fifth-generation land combat missile system “is completely new,” Francis Bordachar, a military adviser for MBDA plus a former French Army colonel, said within an interview on the Special Operations Exposition this week.

“There isn’t any equivalent,” Bordachar said, although he noted there are numerous businesses that claim similar capabilities.

The new system was prominently displayed with the company’s booth for the expo floor and is intended to replace the MILAN anti-tank guided missile along with the Lockheed Martin and Raytheon-made Javelin system.

The strategy is made 100 % in France and was fielded for the French Army in October 2017. It is likely to deploy to a couple of undisclosed locations, but will also be provided for troops operating in Libya and Mali this summer, Bordachar said.

But the Middle East has already did start to notice the brand-new system.

Bordachar said MBDA has minted an arrangement with one country in the area and is also supposed to get under contract using a second in the end of the year.

He added there are more countries inside the Gulf region which have expressed interest which the organization was paid a call at SOFEX by Bahrain special forces, who have been enthusiastic about learning more about it.

MBDA’s new system includes a newly designed anti-tank guided missile, a disposable launch tube along with a firing stand.

The firing stand comes with advanced technology like a passive dual-band seeker that carries a TV/cooled infrared sensor with three different magnification levels for NATO-standard threat detection and identification standards, Bordachar explained.

The system also includes a GPS, a digital magnetic compass along with a laser rangefinder.

The missile is a multipurpose tandem warhead able to defeating a fish tank, for example the Russian T-90, which enable it to be also used like a bunker buster, Bordachar said.

The warhead was created to pierce through an army tank or concrete walls and after that detonate once inside, spraying 1,500 tungsten “splinters,” he explained, adding actually effective out to 15 meters. Beyond that, the tungsten fragmentation would not be damaging.

The missile carries a range of 4 kilometers based about the French requirement, Bordachar said. But in an exam over the weekend, the missile was apparently capable of hit targets at 5 kilometers, and right in the center of targets with the 4-kilometer range.

The missile in the tube weighs 15 kilograms, along with the interactive firing stand weighs 11 kilograms.

The system has two firing modes for the gunner: a lock-on-before launch as well as a lock-on-after-launch mode for beyond line-of-sight targets.

The Missile Moyenne Portee is also effective in all-weather environments, Bordachar added.

The system’s controls are built to appearance and feel like game controllers, rendering it feasible for young soldiers who may have grown up playing video games to understand how to use the device and employ it effectively in combat, he said.

Additionally, the weapon system comes having a training simulator, a potentially appealing feature for young gamers, which makes it intuitive and simple to master it quickly.

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