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First Firing Of MMP From Arquus Sabre

MMP firing operations on Sherpa and Sabre vehicles, Canjuers military camp, France, 04 November 2020. [©MBDA: Laurent Guichardon]
MBDA recently carried out the first firing of a Medium-Range Missile (MMP) from an Arquus Sabre Special Forces Vehicle at Canjuers.

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Press Release, 14 December 2020: MBDA has carried out the first firing of an MMP missile from an ARQUUS Sabre Special Forces Vehicle, as part of a firing campaign implemented with the support of the French Army and of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA – French Procurement Agency).

The firing was carried out at the Canjuers military camp in the south of France, using ‘lock-on-before-launch’ mode against a tank 3,500 metres away, with a rapid switchover to ‘fire-and-forget’ mode, making the vehicle fully mobile after firing. Once again, 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.

MMP firing operations on Sherpa and Sabre vehicles, Canjuers military camp, France, 04 November 2020. [©MBDA: Laurent Guichardon]

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, thus crossing a further milestone in the validation of the ergonomic, tactical and safety studies.

During the debriefing, the French Army’s gunner was very enthusiastic: “The firing installation is safe, its ergonomics make for easy aiming, and the missile was launched without any discomfort to the gunner, and as stealthily as ever.”

The MMP – the first fifth-generation missile to be deployed in combat – has been in service with the French Army for two years. Flexible and versatile, it has been battle-tested and deployed in various theatres around the world (desert, tropical, mountainous and Arctic areas). A valuable asset for Special Forces operating over long distances, the MMP allows for the resupply of munitions by airdrop.

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