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On Tuesday, the Bundeswehr has theinitiated procurement of light active agent 1800+.Overall, a series of 3,100 missiles to be procured for the special forces of the army. According to information from the ES & T, both MBDA as Euro Spike also have shown interest in this project in advance of the tender. Details of the initiative and potential systems can be found in the following article.

Initiative Lightweight active agent 1800+


In particular, since special forces see a need for another Präzisionseffektor beyond the reach of the active agent 90 addition, the "Light of active agent 1800+" initiative was launched on their behalf. This project will provide the special forces of the army in any kind of armed conflict and peacekeeping operations in symmetric and asymmetric scenarios fire superiority and can be used worldwide.

According to a statement from the Federal Office for equipment, information technology and use of the Bundeswehr, the Light of active agent 1800+ is designed to enable the special forces deployed, their mission in an effective range up to more than 1,800 meters under all possible conditions, day and night as well as derived from specialized tasks with a high to Ersttrefferwahrscheinlichkeit reliable, efficient and effective conduct. The target range includes both stationary and moving targets, soft targets in and behind cover and in infrastructure, the required effect must be achieved responsive and precise against.

Although the Light of active agent 1800+ currently only has a relevance to the special forces of the army can be assumed that the weapon could be found after the procurement for special forces its way into other units of the Bundeswehr. A similar strategy has already been implemented at the operating agent 90 successful for everyone involved. The armed forces get additional capabilities of effect. The higher sales figures enable lower unit prices and arouse the interest of the industry to develop the weapons.

As optical sight of the proven effective means 90 Feuerleitvisier Dynahawk to be used by HENSOLDT. The initiative is so far advanced that a tender from the industry is expected in 2019 at the latest.

Both MBDA Germany and the Euro Spike GmbH, based in the Röthenbach joint venture of Diehl Defense, Rheinmetall and Rafael, have the right solutions so that at least two offers are expected. Other manufacturers currently have publicly expressed no interest in the project.

Spike SR from EUR Spike

As a compact, shoulder-, Fire and Forget-designed anti-tank handgun in the Spike SR features (Short Range / short range) via a tandem-charge with the most advanced according to the company battle tanks with reactive armor can be precisely controlled successfully up to a distance of 1.5 kilometers. The Fire and Forget capability means that the guided missile (LFK) is hinged independently to the finish after intrusion on the target. Thus, moving targets can be controlled precisely.

LFK including optics has a total weight of less than ten kilograms, qualified and already in two countries under contract. In one of the countries the Spike SR is implemented and in use and in another country of NATO in the introduction.

The seeker of Spike SR has in addition to the tracking electronics via a CMOS camera (day / night camera) and an uncooled infrared sensor in the long-wave infrared range with a resolution of one megapixel. The CLU (command launch unit) consists of a screen (eyepiece) together with the necessary for the firing of the missile controls. It surrounds the launching tube (canister) of the missile and is designed for single or multiple use. reference is made to the sensors of the missile as a target image.

This allows for day and night use without additional night vision optics and thermal imaging target devices. The tracking electronics carry the sensor data for a highly stable tracking together.

The gun is extremely compact, proven operational and is constantly evolving. According to Mr. Wolfgang Berger, the new managing director of Euro Spike GmbH, wants to use exactly this circumstance to provide a customized version of Spike SR for the Bundeswehr. This at Euro Spike as MELLS 2000+ (lightweight multirole-capable missile system) labeled version of the weapon is largely based on the qualified SR. The warhead is however replaced with a multi-purpose warhead explosive / splitter. This is to enable the LFK in a position to combat bunker positions, light armored vehicles and protecting groups in a removal tape to 2,000 meters accurately. Since the Bundeswehr wants to build in the optics on the use of the cross-sectional Dynahawk, this will replace the CLU partly as Abfeuerungseinrichtung. Specific controls will be needed additional optronics for use at night but is not needed. Additional costs also extra weight we might be saved.

Enforcer of MBDA

The natural development of MBDA is to look at relevant events and exhibitions for some time and so experienced and internationally a lot of interest. The Enforcer has successfully mastered several milestones qualification in recent months. The guided missile is very light with about seven kilograms. It was designed to provide dismounted forces rapid and precise action against moving targets at a distance up to 2,000 meters. Company information according to MBDA has repeatedly successfully tested the missile in development work.

When shooting tests, the multinational Enforcer team was able to achieve with steered shooting of 1,000 to 2,000 meters several very exact matches. These tests confirmed among others, the expectations of the seeker, who directed the missile each center in the butt. In one of the matches, a new, light-weight carbon launch tube used, which was developed by MBDA Italy came.

The Enforcer is intended as a precise, easier and above all more cost-effective small aircraft for use in infantry and special forces. It can be used both day and night, suitable for controlling different static and moving targets and can be transported by a soldier and served. The multi-effect warhead allows action against unarmored, lightly armored targets, basic infrastructure and targets behind cover. Due to its compatibility with the visor of the active agent 90 he supports the standardization approach within the Bundeswehr in the hand and shoulder weapons.

To customer specific requirements in terms of warhead and to be able to meet the steadily ongoing race between action and protection bill, MBDA has designed the Enforcer from the outset grew capable. Thus, the development of an air-to-ground version is examined on the shoulder-use addition.

For this, a semi-active laser seeker was developed (SAL) and successfully shot. MBDA's intention is to provide the Enforcer future for use by tactical unmanned aircraft systems or light support helicopters. For this purpose, the missiles, adjusted based on the infantry variant slightly, which is to be realized by the modularity of design with little effort. Unlike laser-guided 70-mm rockets the Enforcer would be able to combat the advantage of a much higher range and the ability targets even at high angles beyond the flight axis of the aircraft (for example, three in flight direction) taken exactly. To this end, the missile receives advance information of the target position in relation to their own position and direction of flight. The modern guidance and navigation unit directed the missile after launch from the target. The final guide accepts the SAL-seeker head in conjunction with the laser illumination of the target by the aircraft or ground forces.

This is an excerpt from the article "Reflecting zone free, respect I'll shoot! - Shoulder-based infantry weapons for the Bundeswehr "which appears in the September issue of European security and technology.

Waldemar Geiger