MBDA Deutschland has unveiled a missile that could significantly increase the range of German artillery – Zone Militaire

As part of the European Defense Industrial Development Program [PEDID] and the European Defense Fund [FEDef]France took over the management of the FIRES project [Futur Indirect fiRes European Solutions] which aims to increase the range of artillery systems while reducing the risk of collateral damage. Ten other countries are associated with it.

In addition, another European project, called “European COmmon LOng Range indirect fire Support System” [E-COLORSS] and led by Spain, consists in developing synergies and complementarities between 155mm artillery pieces and rocket launchers with the objective, here again, of increasing their range and their precision, while reducing their vulnerability and facilitating their reloading and ammunition replenishment through automation. “It could in particular make it possible to prepare a European solution for the replacement of the chassis and the LRU fire control [du lance-roquettes unitaire, ndlr] by 2030”, explained the Ministry of the Armed Forces, in a written response to a deputy, in January 2021.

While France is a stakeholder in these two projects, Germany only participates in E-COLORSS, via Airbus Defense & Space Germany. And this while these two countries have initiated cooperation in the artillery of the future, within the framework of the CIFS project [Common Indirect Fire System]. Only, this one should not materialize by 2045…

Be that as it may, at the ILA air show in Berlin last week, MBDA Deutschland communicated about its Gasket Fire Support Missile [JFS-M]a cruise missile developed for the Bundeswehr’s future long-range indirect fire system [forces allemandes, ndlr].

Based on the RC100 Connected Effector developed for the Future Air Combat System [SCAF]the JFS-M is compatible with MARS II rocket launchers [Mittleres Artillerieraketensystem], M-270 MLRS-E and M-142 HIMARS. With a range of 300 km, it can fly towards its target at a speed of 900 km/h.

“GPS navigation, 3D flight planning and image navigation sensors as well as automated target recognition and identification using artificial intelligence enable effective targeting of moving targets such as ground-to-air systems”, argued MBDA Deutschland [ex-LFK GmbH, ndlr].

Fired in salvo, the JFS-M missiles can be networked as well as with other command systems – such as the ADLER III – in order to adapt to any evolution of the tactical situation. What’s more, they can arrive at a given area from different directions, which makes it possible to counter missile defenses. Additionally, argues MBDA Deutschland, compared to ballistic missiles, such as the MGM-140 ATACMS used by the M142 HIMARS, it does require coordination in airspace.

At ILA 2022, MBDA Deutschland has signed MoUs with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann [KMW] and ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH [ESG] to further develop the JFS-M. According to the manufacturer, it could be on the market within four or five years.

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MBDA Deutschland has unveiled a missile that could significantly increase the range of German artillery – Zone Militaire

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