On 20 December the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) awarded a contract to MBDA for the acquisition of ENFORCER missiles for the Bundeswehr, the company announced on 2 January.
The contract fulfils the Bundeswehr’s requirement for a lightweight, day/night, precision-guided, shoulder-launched weapon system with an effective range of more than 1,800m. ENFORCER provides low-collateral precision effects capabilities against the threat from lightly armoured static or moving targets, targets behind cover and against targets at long range, including those in urban environments.
Resulting from a multinational MBDA development effort, the ENFORCER will complement the WIRKMITTEL 90 shoulder-launched unguided munition capability within the Bundeswehr. MBDA is now set to complete qualification, and prepare for series production. The modular design of the system enables a range of future development options to be contemplated, including a prospective ‘family’ of ENFORCER munitions for land, air and sea applications.
“The German customer has chosen the ENFORCER after a detailed, competitive evaluation for the LEICHTES WIRKMITTEL 1800+ requirement. With this contract, we are partnering with the German armed forces to ensure the Bundeswehr has this comprehensive weapon for years to come,” commented Thomas Gottschild, Executive Group Director Strategy and Managing Director MBDA Germany.
“With the addition of the shoulder-launched ENFORCER, MBDA is now firmly embarked in a complete renewal of its family of battlefield engagement weapons that started with BRIMSTONE 3 and MMP, a medium-range missile introduced last year into the French Army. ENFORCER, MMP and BRIMSTONE now form the core of a portfolio that we hope will see many further developments,” added MBDA CEO, Éric Béranger.