European missile consortium MBDA is continuing to develop potential opportunities for expanding the userbase of its Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) fifth-generation man-portable land-combat missile system.
Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA told
“We have an ambition to develop the MMP customer base in Europe. Maybe we are not so pleased that there is a non-European missile which is developing its position in Europe with user clubs, and so we have the ambition, with a better missile, to grow our position in Europe.”
that the company “also has the ambition not only to sell our product but to support initiatives that our taken by our [European] countries. PESCO [Permanent Structured Cooperation] is not an industrial project or an industrial initiative, it is an initiative from [European] nations – and for this specific PESCO project, this is France, Belgium, and Cyprus. There [are] other candidates that we are working with to join this club. This is an initiative from France, with some partners, which gives a wider framework to this BLOS [beyond-line-of-sight] battlefield engagement, which France, rightly, thinks is well served by the new capabilities delivered by MMP.
MBDA is keen to position its MMP as an anchor for the PESCO-supported user club (MBDA)
“MMP is part of this initiative. The PESCO initiative is supported by countries, which is driven by co-operational capabilities; these co-operational capabilities are supported by equipment, and in this specific initiative the equipment is MMP, and this is developed through co-operation between what will be the user club of MMP across Europe.”