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France drives MMP for EU BLOS capability

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 Jane’s, “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.”

Bouvier told Jane’s 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)

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.”

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