The first stage of integrating the MMP medium-range missile onto France’s new Jaguar armored reconnaissance and combat vehicle was successfully carried out last month when the weapon was fired from the retractable pod on the vehicle’s turret and hit a fixed target.

The firing took place April 14 but was only just announced May 11 by the missile’s producer MBDA and the vehicle’s maker Nexter, one of the three members of the consortium with Arquus and Thales.

The integration of the 33-pound, 140mm MMP onto the Jaguar was described by David Marquette, Nexter’s Jaguar project manager, as “a major milestone” for the effort that is being carried out in stages.

The system is expected to be able to destroy fixed or mobile-hardened land targets including the latest generation of tanks using direct or beyond-line-of-sight targeting.

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