MBDA has been awarded a contract by the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) for the acquisition of Enforcer missile systems for the German Armed Forces.
The contract, which was signed on 20 December, will fulfill the German requirement for a lightweight, day/night, precision-guided, shoulder-launched weapon system with an effective range of more than 1,800m. The Enforcer missile system will complement the ‘Wirkmittel 90’ shoulder-launched unguided munition capability in the German Armed Forces.
“The German customer has chosen the Enforcer after a detailed, competitive evaluation for the ‘Leichtes Wirkmittel 1800+’ requirement. With this contract, we are partnering with the German Armed Forces to ensure the Bundeswehr has this comprehensive weapon for years to come”, said Thomas Gottschild, Executive Group Director Strategy and Managing Director MBDA Germany.
“With the addition of the shoulder-launched Enforcer, MBDA is now firmly embarked in a complete renewal of its family of battlefield engagement weapons that started with Brimstone 3 and MMP, a Medium Range missile introduced last year into the French Army. Enforcer, MMP and Brimstone now form the core of a portfolio that we hope will see many further developments”, said Éric Béranger, CEO of MBDA.
MBDA’s Enforcer Missile System
MBDA’s Enforcer missile system is a disposable, shoulder-launched guided weapon system that can be used to engage a broad variety of targets at ranges beyond the capability of currently available infantry weapons. Enforcer provides low-collateral precision effects capabilities against the threat from lightly armored static and moving targets, targets behind cover, and against targets at long range also in urban environments.
The missile system was an outcome of a multinational MBDA development effort led by Germany. After a successful demonstration program, the development of the system was started in 2014. MBDA is now set to complete the qualification trials, and prepare for series production.
The modular design of the Enforcer system enables a range of future development options, including a prospective ‘family’ of Enforcer munitions for land, air and sea applications.
Key features of MBDA Enforcer:
• Fire-and-forget missile system
• Range up to 2,000m
• High precision over the full range
• Lock-on before launch (LOBL)
• Capability against lightly armored and soft-skinned targets
• Effect against targets behind cover through airburst capability
• Multi-effects warhead
• Enclosed space firing capability
• Lightweight (missile + launch tube < 9kg) • Day and night operation • System weight (sight and two munitions) < 20kg • Missile weight < 7kg • Modular architecture [caption id="attachment_34082" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] A Rendering of the launch of an MBDA Enforcer missile. MBDA Photo.[/caption]