MBDA on October 15, successfully test fired fixed and moving targets to validate the series production of Milan ER missiles, according to a statement.
Four successful firings confirmed the performance capabilities of the firing post, of the missile as well as of the warhead.
This final technical step follows the qualification of the Milan ER weapon system that was achieved during the first half of 2014. MBDA will now be able to finalize the production work and deliver the first units in the spring next year, as planned.
The development of the MILAN ER system is self-funded by MBDA. The system offers the operational characteristics of the MILAN family of missiles, which are currently used by the armed forces of around forty countries worldwide, and also features latest-generation technologies with a strongly extended range, a highly powerful warhead and a fully digital firing post.
The system is already chosen by 3 export customers and is attracting growing interest amongst armed forces which require a highly efficient missile at a highly competitive acquisition and life cycle cost.
MBDA CEO Antoine Bouvier said, "The Milan ER missile is of particular importance to us, owing to the long performance lineage it clearly embodies, but also because this very attractive system allows MBDA to maintain a business and technical presence in a great number of countries, all of which are prospective customers for higher-end products."