MBDA awards MMP warhead production contract to Saab

9 July 2015 (Last Updated July 9th, 2015 18:30)

MBDA France has awarded a contract to Saab to manufacture and supply warheads for its medium-range missile (MMP).

MBDA France has awarded a contract to Saab to manufacture and supply warheads for its medium-range missile (MMP).

Under the contract, Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland (SBDS) will produce an undisclosed number of missiles, which ensure that collateral damage is kept to a minimum, while maximising the safety of the operator.

Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland head Stephan Koche said: "Our cooperation with MBDA France is extraordinary and mutually beneficial."

The missile has successfully completed tests against the latest generation of explosive reactive armour.

"Our cooperation with MBDA France is extraordinary and mutually beneficial."

Developed under a MBDA-funded programme since 2009, the MMP is a lightweight, next-generation surface-attack missile designed for destruction of both stationary and moving ground targets, including tanks, armoured and non-armoured vehicles, and infrastructures, with minimum collateral damage.

The missile can be fired from portable firing posts, battlefield vehicles, and army aviation platforms, and features fire-and-forget and man-in-the-loop capabilities, allowing operators to immediately move to another position after firing and accurately neutralise various types of targets.

Scheduled to replace the French Army's existing MILAN wire-guided anti-tank system, the MMP forms one of the French Defence Ministry's new programmes within the Military Planning Act 2014 to 2019, which aims to modernise the army.

MBDA is set to supply 400 launchers and 2,850 MMP missiles to the army as part of a contract awarded by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) in December 2013.

Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place in 2017.