Eurosatory 2014

More roles for MPCV (ES14E2)

15 June 2014

MBDA’s Multi Purpose Combat Vehicle (MPCV) is currently in production for the export market in the air defence role, with the first deliveries made in 2013. It is on display on Outside Stand D550. This is fitted with a remote controlled turret (RCT) with two Mistral fire-and-forget surface-to-air missiles in the ready-to-launch position, with a .50 M2 machine gun provided for self-defence.

Since 2012, MBDA has carried out feasibility studies to integrate its Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) anti-tank guided missile onto the MPCV.

Following the French Army’s decision to procure the MMP as a replacement for its currently deployed MILAN systems, MBDA has made rapid progress and at Eurosatory the MPCV is being shown with two MMP mounted either side of the RCT.

The Rheinmetall Defence Electronics turret sensors can be adapted for the deployment of the MMP, which will enable targets to be engaged in direct fire and indirect fire modes.

All that is required is an electronic interface to handle sensor signals and the console inside the MPCV will be adapted for the MMP specific characteristic.

MBDA’s initial simulations show that the MMP in its tube will withstand the mechanical and climatic environmental conditions associated with the turret installation.

The MMP can also be integrated on Nexter Systems’ T40M two-person turret, which is armed with a 40mm Cased Telescoped Armament System and has started firing trials.

The maximum quoted range of the MMP is 4,000m, but there is expected to be a longer-range version that will use 60 per cent of the subsystems of the current MMP, including the same tandem high-explosive anti-tank warhead and guidance system.

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