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Missile complex MBDA Enforcer. Promising weapon for infantry and aviation

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Advertising photo of the MBDA Enforcer complex


The German branch of the international enterprise MBDA Missile Systems continues work on the advanced Enforcer portable missile system. To date, the design has been completed and part of the tests has been carried out. Not so long ago, the next stage of inspections began, which brings the moment of adopting the complex into service. According to existing plans, the MBDA Enforcer will enter the combat units of the Bundeswehr in 2024.

To strengthen the infantry


During the fighting in Afghanistan, the German army faced a characteristic problem. Regularly, it was necessary to destroy enemy buildings or equipment at distances of 1,5-2 km, however, the infantry and special forces did not have grenade launchers or missile systems capable of solving such tasks.

In the mid-tenths, this problem was solved by adopting a foreign-developed Wirkmittel 90 grenade launcher. This disposable product is capable of hitting targets of different types at distances up to 1200 m. Then the Bundeswehr launched the Leichtes Wirkmittel 1800+ (LWM 1800+) program, the goal of which was to create its own complex with a guided missile flying at 1,8-2 km.


At the end of 2019, the customer compared several projects submitted for the competition and chose the winner. It was a product with the Enforcer code from MBDA. In December, a contract was signed for the continuation of development work and the subsequent launch of serial production. The first batch of new weapons will go to the customer in 2024. The existing contract stipulates the supply of 850 complexes, and in the future, new orders may appear.

Last year, the development company completed the bulk of the design and began testing. Individual components of the complex were tested on stands, after which preparations began for full-fledged field tests. To date, several pilot launches have been completed, which, on the whole, have been successful.

Recent ones news the tests were received at the end of May. The Bundeswehr published a press release and a video from the training ground. The video showed the processes of preparing for a test shot and the actual launch. We also clarified information about the technical features and principles of the complex operation. The previously announced plans to introduce the Enforcer product into service in 2024 remain in place.


Enforcer on a test installation

Technical features


The MBDA Enforcer is a lightweight multipurpose missile system designed for use by infantry and special forces. Externally and ergonomically, the complex is similar to various modern rocket launchers. It has a length of 1 m and weighs about 10-12 kg, which makes it easy to carry as part of a fighter's equipment and does not impose serious restrictions on its use.

The LWM 1800+ launcher is based on a 110x110 mm square transport and launch container. A sighting unit and a fire control device with two handles are installed on it. After launching, the control electronics are easily rearranged to another TPK, and the operator can attack a new target.

The complex uses a guided missile weighing less than 7 kg. This product is built according to the normal aerodynamic design; folding X-shaped wings and rudders are placed on the cylindrical body. During the development of a light but effective rocket, it was necessary to search for and master new technologies. For example, laser welding of body parts is used, and the components are connected after loading the engine charge.


Rocket fairing with seeker inside TPK

The rocket for the Enforcer is equipped with a combined optoelectronic homing head with daytime and thermal imaging channels, operating on the "fire-and-forget" principle. GOS provides destruction of stationary and moving targets. Modes of application with target acquisition before and after launch are provided.

The target is destroyed by a compact and light warhead with several damaging effects. The possibility of destroying manpower, unprotected and lightly armored equipment has been declared. Low charging power reduces potential collateral damage.

The LWM 1800+ rocket is equipped with a solid-propellant starting and sustaining engine. The starter motor allows starting in a confined space without the risk of injury to the operator and others. The cruise provides a flight of 2 km, which exceeds the customer's requirements.

Extended capabilities


The goal of the Leichtes Wirkmittel 1800+ program is to create a new missile system for infantry or other units. With its help, it was planned to increase the firepower and effective range of fire. This task was solved within the framework of the first stage of the project, and the portable version of the missile system was successfully brought to testing. However, test launches are so far carried out not from the operator's shoulder, but from a stationary installation.


Start. Starting engine burned out, planes exposed

MBDA is already offering a second version of the suite called Enforcer Air. It is intended for use on light helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles. Such a complex includes a special pylon with mounts for two TPK, as well as separate blocks of sighting equipment and control devices.

The total mass of the Enforcer Air with two ammunition does not exceed 30 kg, which reduces the requirements for potential carriers. The blocks of the complex can be placed in the most convenient way without serious restrictions. Depending on the launch altitude, the missile's flight range may remain the same or increase to 8 km.

Project Perspectives


The basic portable version of the Enforcer complex has been successfully tested and is showing its best side so far. The Bundeswehr remains optimistic and plans to receive a large number of serial products on time. It is to be expected that such plans will be implemented. MBDA still has plenty of time to complete all the necessary work, from simple tweaking to fixing newly identified deficiencies.


Using the Enforcer Air as seen by the artist

Prospects aviation modifications are still unclear. The Enforcer Air is available as blueprints and promotional materials only. It is not known how soon the prototype will appear and be released for testing. Apparently, the development of the aviation complex will move to a new stage after the completion of work on weapons for the infantry. If the basic Enforcer performs well, then the aviation Enforcer Air will be able to find its customer.

The LWM 1800+ project is of obvious interest to the Bundeswehr, as well as to foreign armies. The new type of missile system should fill the gap between disposable grenade launchers and full-size anti-tank systems. The Enforcer compares favorably with the range and firing accuracy, and the advantages over the ATGM are due to its smaller dimensions and weight. The need for such a weapon has already been confirmed by practice - and it is for this reason that its development began.

Thus, in the foreseeable future, the German armed forces will receive almost a fundamentally new weapon with special capabilities, which can positively affect the overall potential of rifle units. In the future, it is possible to adopt into service and aviation modifications of the complex. However, all this will happen no earlier than 2024, but for now MBDA and the Bundeswehr have to carry out the entire range of necessary work.
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  1. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 10 June 2021 04: 10
    +8
    The rocket for the Enforcer is equipped with a combined optoelectronic homing head with daytime and thermal imaging channels, operating on the "fire-and-forget" principle. GOS provides destruction of stationary and moving targets.
    Already a cross between RPGs and ATGMs is being equipped with two-channel seeker, and here some people spit at Damantsev, with his plea for the seeker for the "Whirlwind".
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    2. Jacket in stock
      Jacket in stock 10 June 2021 10: 33
      +1
      Quote: Vladimir_2U
      Already a cross between an RPG with an ATGM is equipped with two-channel seeker

      This spring, infa passed that ours finally made "brains" suitable for optical and / or IR seeker in dimensions acceptable for ATGM. So we are waiting for the GOS itself.
    3. Intruder
      Intruder 11 June 2021 11: 24
      +1
      and here some spit at Damantsev, with his plea for the GOS for the "Whirlwind".
      While some are spitting here and not only, other partners are already 3 generations, they consider it a base for portable complexes with a given versatility (soon RPG-like, only in museums we will consider and tell our grandchildren how unguided ammunition rushed by eye, from a knee or into growth ...), just evolution on the face and not only in URO, but also in human thinking! hi
  2. OloxDbahax
    OloxDbahax 10 June 2021 04: 18
    +10
    ATGM of the third generation - "fire and forget."
    And the Russian Federation does not yet have such an ATGM.

    And you need it. After shooting, you can target the second enemy technique while the first one flies to the target. And especially for shooting down low-flying targets - helicopters, UAVs. You can't aim at a helicopter with our thrusters ...


    In vain our officials say that in the USSR they knew how to create only "galoshes". But our "galoshes" were then bought by half of Europe, all of Asia.
    And now only undeveloped countries buy our weapons.

    We lag behind many times.
    1. Gunther
      Gunther 10 June 2021 11: 35
      -1
      Quote: OloxDbahax
      ... In vain our officials they say that the USSR knew how to create only "galoshes". But our "galoshes" were then bought by half of Europe, all of Asia.

      ))) plus

      GOS is now a standard, another matter is the price and, accordingly, the resource for production - a cheaper RK, without GOS is in demand.
      the possibility of a shot indoors is an undoubted advantage in a clash in the city (or shelter).
      and "undeveloped" countries buy weapons from the USA, not only from us)))
    2. Vadim237
      Vadim237 10 June 2021 23: 18
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      Now it is probably more relevant to create a kamikaze drone with ATGM functionality.
    3. Intruder
      Intruder 11 June 2021 11: 28
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      And especially for shooting down low-flying targets - helicopters, UAVs. You can't aim at a helicopter with our thrusters ...
      As long as there is faith, everyone will believe that it is the LCC (it is also accurate and primitive) that will save the calculation of the 2nd generation portable complex, or the weapons operator in the cockpit of the air carrier, will "slip" the suddenly appeared mark on the displays or will not respond to the voice notification informant, will drink coffee in a plastic cup on the battlefield ... wink
  3. Monar
    Monar 10 June 2021 05: 17
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    This product is built according to the normal aerodynamic design; folding X-shaped wings and rudders are placed on the cylindrical body.
    Why then a square-section launcher body? Designer refinement? And judging by the photo, the rocket itself is also in the cylinder. 500 grams of mass could be saved without this dye.
    1. Maki Avellevich
      Maki Avellevich 10 June 2021 06: 30
      +10
      Quote: Monar
      Why then a square-section launcher body? Designer refinement?

      conveniently stacked
    2. Nikolaevich I
      Nikolaevich I 10 June 2021 06: 49
      +4
      Quote: Monar
      Why then a square-section launcher body?

      Well, perhaps for a more "convenient" position of the wing, rudders ...
      1. Monar
        Monar 10 June 2021 08: 14
        +1
        What is there comfortable if the wings and rudders are folded?
        The truth is not clear how they add up. The dimensions of the body are included or simply fit along the body. In the latter case, the square section is a logical solution.
        1. Nikolaevich I
          Nikolaevich I 10 June 2021 11: 07
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          Quote: Monar
          In the latter cases, the square section is a logical solution

          Duc, and what am I talking about?
          1. Monar
            Monar 10 June 2021 11: 30
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            The bull is the question. Why block the mass and dimensions? There are solutions when the wings and stabilizers, when laid along the body, do not protrude beyond the dimensions of the fit.
            1. Nikolaevich I
              Nikolaevich I 10 June 2021 11: 43
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              Quote: Monar
              There are solutions when the wings and stabilizers, when laid along the body, do not protrude beyond the dimensions of the fit.

              This is in the case when the body of the ammunition (tail, central part, "nose") have different diameters ...
              The option is not excluded when the flexible wing, the elongated tail unit is "wrapped" around the cylindrical body of the rocket ... the diameter of the cylindrical TPK turns out to be slightly larger than the diameter ("caliber") of the rocket ...
      2. Intruder
        Intruder 11 June 2021 11: 32
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        Well, perhaps for a more "convenient" position of the wing, rudders ...
        Of course, at the beginning of the article, because it is written about the X-shaped aerodynamic configuration! yes
        folding X-shaped wings and rudders are placed on the cylindrical body.
        Therefore, we decided not to sweat it and shove it into this geometry, I wonder if there is a partial cleaning of the planes or a complete one into the rocket body ???
    3. Cympak
      Cympak 10 June 2021 12: 54
      +2
      Why then a square-section launcher body? Designer refinement?

      Quadratisch, praktisch, gut!
      1. Intruder
        Intruder 11 June 2021 11: 34
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        praktisch, gut!

        That's right, with practical Germans! yes
        And we would learn from them, all the same they gave the initial branches, to the use of rocket weapons around the world ...
  4. riwas
    riwas 10 June 2021 05: 34
    0
    We have a similar missile system "Bulat". I did not find a manual version of this weapon.

    Model BMP-3 with BM "Epoch" on the roof, you can see eight missiles "Bulat". Below is a comparison of the dimensions of the Kornet and Bulat ATGMs.
    1. Nikolaevich I
      Nikolaevich I 10 June 2021 07: 02
      +4
      Well, with "Bulat" there is also enough "fog"! There are statements that "Bulat" is equipped with IK.GSN ... but here doubts arise ...: it was also stated that this is a cheaper "alternative" to the "Cornet" and "Bulat" will be used, along with the "cornet" ... one. As we are already accustomed ... rockets with seeker are not cheap !; 1. If "bulats" and "cornets" are used together, then the "joint" laser guidance system for these missiles is perceived as quite expedient! In general, we must wait for the "fog to dissipate" and the clearing comes!
      1. riwas
        riwas 10 June 2021 08: 13
        +4
        Judging by the photo of the UR "Bulat" - this is a small copy of "Kornet". It seems that they have the same guidance systems.
      2. Intruder
        Intruder 11 June 2021 11: 36
        -1
        As we are already accustomed ... rockets with seeker are not cheap !;
        And the armored combat vehicles and their crews are really cheaper - a pair of ATGMs !? Or the calculation of ATGM in the bushes ... (and they grow, very long - up to 18 years old, so and so ...) winked
    2. Cympak
      Cympak 10 June 2021 12: 58
      +1
      We have a similar missile system "Bulat". I did not find a manual version of this weapon.

      I did not find a seeker for a "similar missile system" Bulat ". And judging by the stabilizers" Bulat "rotates in flight. Conclusion:" Bulat "has a laser-beam guidance system similar to the" Kornet ".
  5. garri-lin
    garri-lin 10 June 2021 07: 12
    -5
    Nifiga did not understand. Germany came up with Javelin?
    1. novel66
      novel66 10 June 2021 08: 03
      +1
      no, it's not armor-piercing ... so, a mortar ... with gsn
      1. Cympak
        Cympak 10 June 2021 13: 03
        +1
        Multi-effects warhead. Capability against lightly armored and soft-skinned targets.
        1. novel66
          novel66 10 June 2021 13: 15
          +1
          I already, sorry, in Russian! javelin, not a multi effect, but quite a tandem cumulative one, and to shoot them at manpower and lightly armored vehicles is a stupid and expensive undertaking
          1. Cympak
            Cympak 10 June 2021 13: 26
            +1
            I wrote about Enforcer. I think that MBDA will also make an anti-tank version of the Enforcer - an analogue of the Israeli SPIKE-SR.
            On the battlefield there are not only tanks, but Enforcer is enough for armored personnel carriers / infantry fighting vehicles.
          2. garri-lin
            garri-lin 10 June 2021 19: 45
            0
            Javelin with a shrapnel shirt has been around for almost 10 years. Only not in the troops. For it is expensive. So this device with GOS will not be cheap either.
      2. garri-lin
        garri-lin 10 June 2021 19: 50
        +1
        Why on 2 km GOS? Carl Gustav with a projectile with a laser targeting center will seem to be cheaper. Less price. More in the troops.
  6. CastroRuiz
    CastroRuiz 10 June 2021 12: 17
    0
    The author, you can remember the analogs in the world if he eats such.
    MBDA builds very good rocket systems.
    1. Cympak
      Cympak 10 June 2021 13: 09
      +3
      Mini-Spike - a version with a short-range missile (about 1300-1500 m). Designed for use by the infantry as an anti-personnel weapon. PU weight less than 10 kg. Projectile length - 70 cm, diameter - 75 mm. Due to the use of a commercial electro-optical system with electronic gyro stabilization and the abandonment of a separate thermal imaging sight, the cost is about 3 times less than Spike-SR

      1. CastroRuiz
        CastroRuiz 10 June 2021 13: 33
        0
        Thank you for the extensive info + photo. Does Mini-Speke also have an AHS?
        1. Cympak
          Cympak 10 June 2021 14: 02
          0
          what is AHS?
          1. CastroRuiz
            CastroRuiz 10 June 2021 14: 03
            0
            Autonomous Head Chast (whistle-scored system).
            1. Cympak
              Cympak 10 June 2021 14: 09
              0
              It should have been, but development of the Mini-Spike was discontinued in 2016. Then the closest analogue is Spike-SR
              1. CastroRuiz
                CastroRuiz 10 June 2021 14: 11
                0
                Thank you, I will take a closer look at the Spike-SR beast.
  7. Dkuznecov
    Dkuznecov 10 June 2021 18: 07
    0
    Thanks for the article, author. All to the point.