MBDA Akeron LP missile to arm Eurodrone

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Seen at the ILA Berlin Air Show in June, a mock-up of the Eurodrone was equipped with general bombs and air-to-surface missiles that the French DGA has said will be the GBU-49 and Akeron LP, respectively. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The MBDA Akeron LP missile has been selected to equip the Eurodrone medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).


The French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) procurement agency made the announcement on 6 October, saying that the Missile Haut de Trame (MHT), as the Akeron LP was previously known in France, will complement the GBU-49 precision-guided bombs as the Eurodrone's weapons package.


As noted by the DGA in its announcement, the selection of the Akeron for the Eurodrone comes weeks after the air-to-surface missile was chosen to equip the Airbus Tiger Mk III attack helicopter in June.

 

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AKERON LP​


FIFTH GENERATION TACTICAL COMBAT MISSILE SYSTEM​


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  • Lightweight long range missile , optimal for Fire & Forget, Man-On-The-Loop and collaborative modes
  • Three mode seeker with TV and Uncooled IR imagery in high resolution, and SAL Channel
  • Multipurpose Munition with Anti-Tank, Anti-infrastructure and Anti-personnel selectable modes




AKERON LP is a most advanced 5th generation long range multi-role guided missile in development today, with high level technologies in term of optronics, warhead, RF data link, guidance and image processing algorithms based on Artificial Intelligence principles and data fusion.

CHARACTERISTICS​


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Weight: 30-40kg class

Lenght: 1.8m in tactical canister

Warhead: Multipurpose with selectable mode

Range: +8 km up to 20km

Multimode seeker: SAL/TV/uncooled IR

Datalink: Bidirectional RF

 

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