The French Directorate Common of Armaments (DGA, Route générale de l’armement) positioned an order for 200 Akeron MP (previously often called Missile Moyenne Portee/MMP) produced by MBDA. This deal was signed on December 29 in accordance with the French Army Programing Legislation 2019-2025. Final 12 months, 200 MMP missiles had been obtained by the DGA and delivered to the joint munitions service (SIMu). As a reminder, Luxembourg positioned an order for 90 MMP missiles in the summertime of 2022, thus changing into a brand new nation added to the record of European nations working with MBDA. Coming into French service from 2017 onwards, the Akeron MP was developed by MBDA France and is meant as a alternative for the MILAN and American-made FGM-148 Javelin.

The Akeron MP (Moyenne Portee, Medium-Vary), is a French fifth era, network-enabled, anti-tank guided missile system. That includes each fire-and-forget and command steering working modes, it additionally integrates third get together goal designation for oblique firing situations by its lock-on after launch functionality for non-line-of-sight (NLOS) use. The Akeron MP was designed to beat a few of MILAN’s limitations within the context of small-scale and counter-insurgency operations post-2000, slightly than the Chilly Struggle tank struggle of the unique MILAN requirement. Man-portable missile have been usually used towards strongpoints and improvised armour inside populated areas. Lowering collateral injury to close by civilians turned a serious political think about such campaigns.


MBDA Akeron MP Anti-tank Guided Missile. (Photograph by French Directorate Common of Armaments)

Explicit developments over present missiles have been for it to be secure for operators inside a confined house and for improved steering that would goal non-IR chilly targets in addition to AFVs with a diminished threat of collateral injury. In comparison with its predecessors it accommodates an excessive amount of fashionable and COTS electronics. The missile and its steering system supply three completely different working modes:
Man In The Loop with optical fiber data-link
Lock-on after launch (LOAL) for non-line-of-sight (NLOS) and utilizing third get together goal designation.

Regardless of these new options, it was nonetheless to stay efficient towards fashionable Armoured Combating Car and Essential Battle Tank armour. A tandem warhead is used, making it efficient towards standard, composite and reactive armour. The missile measures 1,300 millimetres (51 in) in size for a 140 millimetres (5.5 in) caliber.Upon detonation, the warhead additionally sprays 1,500 tungsten splinters, efficient towards personnel out to fifteen metres (49 ft).The missile has a spread of 4,000 metres (4,400 yd) primarily based on a French requirement, however in Might 2018 two take a look at firings have been in a position to hit targets at 5,000 metres (5,500 yd). At business launch, MBDA launched the MMP as the primary land fight missile of fifth era.