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MBDA DELIVERS 1000TH MMP MISSILE TO THE FRENCH MINISTRY OF THE ARMED FORCES
Thursday, November 25, 2021
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PARIS -- Following authorization from the Direction Generale de l'Armement (DGA), the French procurement agency, MBDA completed the delivery of a batch of MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée / medium-range missile) to the French Service Interarmées des Munitions (SIMu) on 16 November 2021, which included the 1000th MMP. According to the Loi de Programmation Militaire, the delivery of 1,950 missiles is planned by 2025.

In use by the French armed forces since 2017, MMP has also been ordered by Belgium and Sweden. MMP is the latest generation anti-tank missile in service to have been successfully engaged in combat on several occasions.

With more than 100 tests and training firings under its belt, MMP is capable of dealing with all battlefield threats, in all types of environments: cold or hot extremes, urban, maritime and mountainous spaces. It can also be fired from confined spaces, an essential capability for combat in urban areas.

MMP offers both a "fire and forget" capability, allowing the operator to move to another position immediately after firing the missile, and a "man-in-the-loop" capability for engagements requiring a minimized risk of collateral damage. Using a dual-band visible/non-cooled infrared seeker, MMP can acquire both hot and cold targets and then track them completely autonomously. For engagements requiring continuous man-in-the-loop control, a fiber-optic link relays the seeker's imaging back to the firing post.

With both the firing post and the missile being equipped with capabilities including location, orientation and digital communication, MMP can engage Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) targets equally as well as those in direct line of sight, and, if required, under the permanent control of its operator or commander.

MMP is equipped with an unprecedented tandem military charge, versatile and capable of handling a wide target set, including field fortifications, armored vehicles, or even combat tanks equipped with the most modern reactive armor.

In a dismounted version, MMP has a lightweight, easily man-portable, firing station. MMP can also be mounted onto various platforms such as light and armored vehicles, and naval platforms. The modular architecture of the MMP weapon system enables its integration on different types of turrets such as IMPACT, or heavier ones such as the one equipped with the 40 CTA cannon.

All of these technical characteristics make MMP the most versatile latest generation land combat missile on the market.

The development of an air-to-ground version was launched by the Ministry of the Armed Forces at the end of 2020 with MHT (Missile Haut de Trame / top frame missile), a long-range missile intended to equip the Tiger attack helicopters. It is also a candidate for arming the European MALE Eurodrone as well as for land vehicles.

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RUSSIAN FRIGATE ADMIRAL GORSHKOV PERFORMS ANOTHER TEST FIRING WITH A HYPERSONIC ZIRCON MISSILE
Monday, November 29, 2021
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MOSCOW -- The crew of the Russian Navy frigate of the Northern Fleet Admiral Gorshkov, as part of the completion of the test cycle of hypersonic missile weapons, has fired another Zircon missile.

The missile was launched from the White Sea at a marine target position located at a distance of more than 400 kilometers.

According to objective control data, the flight of the hypersonic missile corresponded to the specified parameters. Firing from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov was recognized as successful, the target was hit.

Surface ships and naval aviation of the Northern Fleet were involved in providing firing and closing the area.

The previous test firing at a naval target position was successfully carried out by the crew of this frigate two weeks ago.

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KRATOS RECEIVES INITIAL PRODUCTION ORDER FOR AFFORDABLE, HIGH PERFORMANCE JET ENGINES
Friday, November 26, 2021
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SAN DIEGO - Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. recently received an initial production order for a new, affordable, high performance jet engine for an aerial vehicle application from a national security related customer. Kratos is currently under contract from several government and other national security related customers for the development of next generation, affordable, high performance turbojet, turbofan, and other engine types for unmanned aerial system (UAS) aircraft, cruise missiles, powered munitions, and other related leading technology systems.

Work under this new, initial production order will be performed at a secure Kratos manufacturing facility. Due to competitive, customer related, security related, and other reasons, no additional information will be provided related to this recent contract award.

Steve Fendley, President of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division (KUSD), said, "All of Kratos is incredibly honored to have the confidence of our customer and to have received this initial production award for our affordable, next generation, high performance engines for the new, leading technology aerial system. At Kratos, affordability is a technology, and we are taking our customers' leadership statements, including to 'accelerate, change, or lose' to heart, across our entire portfolio, including our tactical drone aircraft like Valkyrie and Gremlins (Kratos-built AV provided to Dynetics), and with our next generation engine portfolio."

Eric DeMarco, President and CEO of Kratos, said, "Kratos' mission is focused on disrupting the national security industry and marketplace by rapidly developing, demonstrating and fielding affordable, leading technology systems that are relevant for today’s peer threat environment. Over the past several years, Kratos has listened keenly to our customer set, and we have internally invested significant funds to develop and demonstrate a number of products and systems, including in the high-performance jet drone, satellite communication and jet engine areas for which today's contract announcement is related."

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