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Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles

Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles 25 December, 2019


Leonardo has demonstrated its new M-40 target drone against MBDA-made Mistral surface-to-air missile, in Italy.
Leonardo has concluded a series of flights with its M-40 target drone as part of a trials campaign in Italy. This saw the drones simulating modern airborne threats, allowing for the realistic demonstration of MBDA’s latest surface-to-air Mistral missile.
The missile intercepted the target, proving its capabilities and allowing MBDA to collect valuable data on the missile’s performance, Leonardo said.
The M-40 is Leonardo’s latest entry in its Mirach target drone family and can mimic a variety of aircraft and missiles, including radar, infrared (IR) and visual threats. During the Mistral demonstration, the M-40 simulated enemy airborne platforms for the missile to target.
15 international delegations witnessed the trials, the centrepiece of which was the live firing of a Mistral missile at an M-40 drone. The missile intercepted the target, proving its capabilities and allowing MBDA to collect valuable data on the missile’s performance. In total, the M-40 drones carried out six flights between October the 28th and November the 6th.
The M-40 drones, with the endurance of 60 minutes, have carried out 6 flights between October 28 and November 6.

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