MBDA and its companions of the European Defence Industrial Improvement Programme (EDIDP) LynkEUs mission gathered in Cyprus on the twenty eighth and twenty ninth of September to ship static and dynamic displays, and firing demonstrations.On the twenty eighth of September, static and dynamic demonstrations offered and validated the capabilities developed by the completely different companions within the framework of the mission on a Nationwide Guard Base in Cyprus. Among the many static demonstrations have been displays on applied sciences corresponding to sensors, navigation, 3D modelling, UAV touchdown and cyber safety. The LynkEUs consortium additionally carried out dynamic demonstrations with completely different UAVs, together with a micro-UAV fitted with new era of European IR sensors and demonstrations with completely different unmanned floor autos (UGVs) outfitted with observation-designation capabilities on gimbal sensors or with medium turret. Companions additionally offered an idea of a BLOS functionality integration (AKERON MP and NX70 micro UAV) on a gun turret built-in on an armoured modular car. The 2 AKERON MP firings have been successful and a significant step within the definition of an preliminary operational idea for a European beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) functionality. It’s the first time firings have been carried out utilizing a full configuration of the BLOS practical chain with the battlefield missile system AKERON MP. Two missiles have been fired from an IMPACT turret built-in onto a SHERPA car, participating a goal designated by a micro unmanned aerial car (UAV) through a cyber-secure hyperlink. It is usually the primary time {that a} BLOS firing has been carried out from a car.

Eric Béranger, CEO of MBDA, mentioned: “The success of those demonstrations and firings is the primary concrete step within the implementation of a European autonomous BLOS land fight functionality, which is vital within the geostrategic context on the borders of Europe. Additionally they show the important contribution of AKERON MP to this functionality. The LynkEUs mission attests of the flexibility of MBDA to implement advanced tasks and produce collectively abilities and experience from throughout Europe.”


The 2 profitable AKERON MP firings, carried out by MBDA and its companions with the assist of the Cypriot Ministry of Defence, have been carried out on twenty ninth September in two distinct operational configurations. One was with the UAV pilot put in within the SHERPA missile launch car representing a full standalone functionality. The second was with the UAV pilot put in in one other car one kilometre from the missile launch car, typical of a collaborative engagement. LynkEUs is a mission chosen by the European Fee on July 2020 as a part of the European Defence Industrial Improvement Programme (EDIDP) 2019. The mission goals to outline, then take a look at, a preliminary idea of operations for a European BLOS functionality and show the proof of precept by way of a full scale firing marketing campaign, in addition to figuring out axes of evolution and enchancment of the entire BLOS practical chain. The LynkEUs mission is coordinated by MBDA and includes the next companions: Aditess, FN Herstal, John Cockerill Protection, Novadem, SAFRAN, THALES, The Cyprus Institute, The Royal Navy Academy, Sign Generics, XENICS, The Cyprus MoD, The Belgian MoD and The French MoD beneath the auspices of the European Fee. This mission is the primary technological contribution to develop a household of man-on-the-loop BLOS missile techniques with again picture.

The subcontractors are: DELAIR, Milrem Robotics and CARMENTA. The choice of the MBDA led MARSEUS (Modular Structure Options for EU States) mission, proposed for funding in July 2022 by the European Fee, as final result of the European Defence Fund requires proposals 2021, is a second step of an general industrial and technological roadmap aiming to develop and mature, beneath a full European design authority, the varied elements of a BLOS functionality and their interconnection. MARSEUS goals to reinforce the BLOS functionality initiated by the LynkEUs mission and. It is going to additionally research structure elements and capabilities associated to a BLOS Prolonged Vary and a BLOS Prolonged Capability capabilities, in addition to contemplating new functionalities associated to collaborative fight and coaching elements. This press launch displays solely the creator’s view.

Linkeus mission with Akeron firing operations on Sherpa car. (Picture by MBDA/Laurent Guichardon)