French missile specialist MBDA says it has has carried out the first firing of an MMP missile from an ARQUUS Sabre special forces vehicle.
The event was part of a firing campaign implemented with the support of the French Army and the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA – French Procurement Agency).
Taking place at the Canjuers military camp in the south of France, the firing verified the ‘lock-on-before-launch’ mode against a tank 3,500 meters away, with a rapid switchover to ‘fire-and-forget’ mode, making the vehicle fully mobile after firing.
MBDA says the MMP system demonstrated the accuracy of its target acquisition and the quality of its guidance system by achieving a direct hit, without operator intervention.
In addition to this firing, multiple engagements were simulated on the post, against fixed or mobile targets, with the vehicle moving around the test range.
The MMP – the first fifth-generation missile to be deployed in combat – has been in service with the French Army for two years.
MMP is also forming the basis of the European Union’s beyond line sight (BLOS) capability project being undertaken within PESCO.