The French DGA (Direction Generale de l'rmement of the French ministry of Armed Forces) has awarded the prestigious Ingenieur General Chanson award at the 44th French Association of Land Armaments (Association de l’Armement Terrestre or AAT event to Vincent Guibout (MMP Programme Leader at MBDA) and Alain Prugne (MMP Programme Director at the DGA) for their work on the ‘Missile Moyenne Portee' MMP weapon system.
The MMP was initially intended as a dismounted infantry combat missile system and is now being delivered to French army and Special Forces.
The MMP programme’s major industrial partners, including Safran (seeker), Roxel (motor), Nexans (fibre optics), Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland Ltd (warhead), Junghans T2M SAS (safe & arm unit) and GDI Simulation.
Despite its futuristic capability, the MMP programme is now keeping all its promises and according to MBDA, the latest qualification test firings have confirmed a high level of maturity achieved at the end of a short development lead time.
The MMP system makes use of a visible and uncooled IR seeker, image processing, multi-effect warhead, high-performance fibre optic datalink and lightweight materials.
The MMP solution features the inclusion of innovative solutions, ranging from the optical and inertial assembly to latest-generation materials, via the multipurpose warhead, fibre optics, and bold choices of solutions for image processing, systems architecture and man-machine interfaces.