On 7th June 2010, a successful test firing proved the capability of MBDA's MPCV system (Multi Purpose Combat Vehicle) to carry out a salvo firing to counter a saturating air attack, the most demanding of air attack scenarios.
To put MPCV through its paces, a test firing scenario was configured to evaluate the capabilities of the system to engage and intercept two different targets approaching simultaneously from different directions, simulating a saturating attack carried out by enemy aircraft. The test took place in the presence of a delegation with representatives from South America, the Middle East and Europe at the French DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement) Biscarosse test range in South West France.
Two Mistral 2 missiles were launched against two Banshee targets flying at low altitude. During the firing the targets were successfully detected, and tracked by the MPCV's infrared fire control. They were then destroyed by the Mistral 2 missiles.
The first intercept took place at a range of 4,100 meters, the second at 2,500 meters. Following the test firing, MBDA's test team was able to confirm that the MPCV system operated nominally and that both Mistral 2 missile engagement sequences were successfully carried out. With this proof of the system's salvo firing capability, final MPCV validation in its air defence version is now complete.
Source: MPCV, DEVELOPED BY MBDA, PROVES CAPABILITY AGAINST SATURATING AIR ATTACK
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