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The German Army would like to modernize its mortar systems as well as the tube and rocket artillery and optimize the Joint Tactical Fire Support (STF) for national and alliance defense. The industry is observing this development with great interest and is participating in the implementation of this project with its own solution approaches.

With the “Joint Fire Support Missile” (JFS-M), MBDA Germany has developed a system for complex combat scenarios that is intended to meet the army's requirements for a future artillery system with a long range (300 km +). ES&T got an exclusive insight into the concept.

Threat analysis

Efficient fire support makes a significant contribution to the assertiveness of modern armed forces. In the course of the re-focusing on national and alliance defense, the NATO states found that the existing fire support capabilities were optimized for stabilization operations. They are clearly inferior to an equal military opponent in terms of quantity and quality in terms of range and effectiveness.

In the Joint Fire Support Missile concept, MBDA relies on maneuverable and networked missiles (graphic: MBDA Germany)

The armed forces of Russia and China demonstrate, for example, how your own troops and your own territory can be protected from an attack by opposing forces and systems in an operational network of different systems and capabilities. This network consists of combat aircraft, far-reaching air defense systems, ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, tube and rocket artillery and systems for electronic warfare of various types and capabilities. In military terminology, this ability is referred to as anti-access / area denial (A2 / AD).

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