The first lock-on firing of an MMP medium-range missile from a Jaguar armoured reconnaissance and combat vehicle (EBRC) took place on 14, April, MBDA and Nexter have annouced.
The trial firing was carried out as part of the JAGUAR qualification by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) at their Land Techniques Test Centre.
The MMP launched from a retractable pod on the Jaguar’s turret in two-missile configuration successfully hit its target.
The Optrolead PASEO battlefield surveillance sight interfaced with the missile system, during this demonstration.
The new sight offers real-time optronic acquisition by day and by night providing the Jaguar with excellent long-range observation and identification capabilities.
“This firing marks an important first step of the work conducted with Nexter to develop the Jaguar turret and integrate the MMP into a weapon system built on the latest technological solutions. This two-missile turret configuration considerably expands the vehicle’s firepower,” said Frédéric Michaud, Head of Battlefield Sector for Sales & Business Development at MBDA.
According to David Marquette, Jaguar project manager at Nexter, the test event marks a major milestone, demonstrating the technical skills of company teams in designing and developing an operational capability unlike any other in the world.
The integration of MMP onto JAGUAR is being carried out in stages during qualification. This firing is the first stage, successfully demonstrating hitting a fixed target.
The system will offer the capability to destroy fixed or mobile hardened land targets, including up to the latest generation of tanks.
Targeting will be direct or beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS). It will also be precise and with minimal collateral damage, qualities that characterise the MMP.
MMP’s capabilities – integrated into the Jaguar’s turret by Nexter, alongside the remote controlled weapon station developed by Arquus, the Scorpion common vetronics solution developed by Thales and the 40mm cannon developed by CTAI – gives the Jaguar a key role in collaborative combat.
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