PARIS – European missile group MBDA has successfully reached a test target with its new anti-tank missile MMP, using target information gathered by a micro-drone.
The test, which was carried out at the Canjuers Army’s proving ground in southern France, was intended to receive a commitment under the trinational LynkEU program (France, Belgium, Cyprus) amounting to EUR 6.5 million (USD 7.9 million) represent the European Union.
This program aims to use airborne and land-based robotic observation systems to launch missiles at distant targets. MBDA leads the program, in which 10 companies and institutions are involved.
A French Novadem NX70 drone was used to detect and identify a tank that was out of sight of the drone operator. The target coordinates were then sent to the MMP to demonstrate that a target could be attacked without ever being in the direct line of sight of the weapon station. Since the MMP can send a direct video image in real time during its flight, the images enabled the weapon operator to aim the missile at its target.
Philippe Gouyon, MBDA Military Advisor, comments: “This demonstration completes a tactical assessment that has been carried out for about a year with the French Army and Novadem to examine all the capabilities of the system and allows MBDA to propose an MMP -drone solution to meet the requirements of contact combat units for out-of-sight observation and targeting. “
He added, “We are very pleased with the results of this assessment, which has enabled us to truly understand the needs of the armed forces so we can finalize an out-of-sight target acquisition system for offboard combat.”