France: MBDA has completed the second round of testing of the medium-range missile (MMP) at the French Defence Procurement Agency's (DGA) Techniques Terrestres site in Bourges, France. Jointly conducted by DGA, the French Army and MBDA France earlier this month, the first flight of the missile successfully confirmed its enhanced accuracy in locking onto a target hidden from view at launch at a distance of more than 4,000m. Conducted against a steel target positioned at an intermediate range, the trial ensured optimal execution of all aspects of the test, including launch, flight trajectory and target impact, with full conformation of the simulations. Testing was carried out in lock-on-before-launch mode (fire-and-forget), using the missile seeker's colour TV channel, and completes another stage in the analysis of MMP's deployment envelope.
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.