MBDA Conducts First Operational Capability Demonstration of LynkEUs Dismounted System2021-01-222021-01-22https://staging.taktikz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/taktikz-Original.jpgtaktik(z) GDIhttps://staging.taktikz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/taktikz-Original.jpg200px200px
MBDA has conducted the first demonstration of the operational capabilities of LynkEUs Dismounted system, the company announced, Jan. 21.
LynkEUs Dismounted is comprised of MBDA’s MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée, “medium-range missile”) missile system in “infantry” configuration and a Novadem NX70 drone linked via radio to its weapon terminal. The firing was carried out with the support of the French defense procurement agency DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) and the French Army at the Canjuers military camp in the south of France.
The firing was representative of a ‘beyond Line of sight’ (BLOS) engagement. During this demonstration, the drone enabled the detection and identification of a tank located outside the MMP operator’s field of vision. The transfer of the coordinates for the target to the MMP firing station illustrated the possibility of engaging a target not directly seen by the operator. The missile was “locked-on” to the target during its flight by the MMP operator after detecting the tank via the video stream from the MMP seeker, which was continuously transmitted to the firing station via fibre optics. The demonstration successfully concluded with a direct hit on the target.
MBDA statement said that the demonstration confirms the capabilities offered by LYNKEUS for the quality and control of the information chain going from the drone to the firing station. The statement added that the demonstration also proves the precision of the extraction of the coordinates for the target.
Philippe Gouyon, Military Advisor at MBDA, said: “This firing also concludes a year-long tactical evaluation conducted with the Army and Novadem exploring all the capabilities of the system and thus, allows MBDA to propose an MMP / drone combination that meets the needs of remote observation and target designation of contact units. These experiments notably included real-time engagement simulations in virtual reality but also combining, in the field, real equipment (drones, weapon terminal) and MMP simulators implemented by Land Forces units. We are very satisfied with the results of this work, which made it possible to understand the forces’ needs to finalize the system carrying the BLOS capability for dismounted combat.”
LynkEUs, an MBDA coordinated project, was selected by the European Commission as part of the new European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), following consultation with Member States.
The project seeks to develop a new Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) capability based on the MMP missile system that will be unique for mounted and dismounted forces.
LynkEUs is the first technological and industrial contribution to the objectives of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) BLOS capability project. The BLOS capability project had been approved in November 2018 by the EU Defence Ministers. The LynkEUs project is managed in close partnership with the French, Belgian and Cypriot armed forces.
The project primarily consists of MMP land missile system and a UAV (Novadem NX70) providing a cyber-secured target location. The mounted variant will also consists of a turret system (MBDA IMPACT) to support and set up the missile, installed on a land platform (Sherpa Light 4×4 light armoured vehicle).