On 11 March 2009 MBDA was awarded another contract by South Africa to supply MILAN ADT firing posts and simulators. The contract includes the retrofitting of 13 MILAN ADT guidance units with integrated thermal imagers and the supply of 13 further MILAN ADT firing posts and four simulators. The project is worth a total of EUR 10.7 million.
South Africa is the first export customer for the MILAN ADT firing post having signed the first series production contract with MBDA in 2006. The first batch of firing posts was delivered to South Africa at the beginning of 2008. With operational evaluation having met with the customer’s full satisfaction, MBDA has now concluded another contract for MILAN ADT.
MILAN, developed by the French and German elements of MBDA, is a man-portable, easy to use, medium-range, anti-tank weapon. It features reliable wire-guided SACLOS (Semi-Automatic Command to Line Of Sight) technology to provide man-in-the-loop control for today’s complex modern battlefield.
Since the first variant of the weapon was launched in 1972, over 360,000 missiles have been produced. MILAN has been extensively proven under combat conditions and is in service in over 40 countries around the world.
With industrial facilities in four European countries and within the USA, MBDA has an annual turnover of more than EUR 2.7 billion and an order book of more than EUR 11.9 billion. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.
MBDA is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.
MBDA is jointly owned by BAE Systems (37.5%), EADS (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%).