MBDA has presented the Atlas-RC/LIC2ORNE combination which, together with the Mistral missile, provides protection to light, mobile units.
The company state that Mistral is an extremely reliable fire-and-forget air defence missile, with a success rate of nearly 95%.
“Equipped with an infrared imaging seeker and advanced image processing capabilities, the Mistral offers excellent countermeasure resistance and can engage low thermal signature targets such as UAVs and turbojet-powered missiles at long range, in addition to the usual combat aircraft and helicopter targets.”
The Atlas-RC is an automated turret, carrying two ready-to-fire Mistrals and controlled from the cabin of the vehicle. It is equipped with day/night sensors for fire control and tracking.
LIC²ORNE is a command and control unit, developed from a set of software components that have already been trialled on MBDA’s Mistral and VL MICA air defence systems.
“It can coordinate up to 8 Atlas-RC systems and connect them to higher-level command systems, including via advanced links such as Link 16 or satellite links. With its ability to use radar or electro-optic sensors, LIC²ORNE ensures that the Atlas-RC turret has sufficient early warning to make full use of the Mistral’s firing envelope.”
The company say that thanks to LIC2ORNE’s open architecture, MBDA has been able, “in just a few months”, to build in defences against mini and micro UAVs.
“Drawing on the lessons of recent conflicts in Europe or the Middle East,” says Francis Bordachar, MBDA’s Military Advisor Land Systems.
“The Atlas-RC/LIC²ORNE combination is designed to provide a real air defence and engagement capability in the lower layer while ensuring very high mobility to accompany and protect mobile detachments and front line units. The deployment of an air defence system as close as possible to ground units is once again becoming a necessity, and a key survivability factor for ground forces.”