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MBDA explores wire-free missile architectures

13 November 2017

MBDA has revealed a programme of research intended to mature wire-free missile architectures and technologies applicable to future guided weapons.

Being performed as part of the French/UK/ Materials and Components for Missiles Innovation and Technology Partnership (MCM IPT) programme, the wire-free architecture project includes a wireless umbilical concept demonstrator for power transfer from a platform to a munition.

Current missile architectures are characterised by multiple connectors, cabling, and cable routes. However, it is recognised that broken connectors and the volume demands of cabling and cable ducting pose a significant challenge to the missile designer.

As a result, MBDA has embarked on a project to identify and explore architectures, technologies, and techniques to reduce the total volume and complexity of interconnects, improve system robustness, and increase levels of hardware, software, and firmware re-use.

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