Germany’s Bundeswehr procures MBDA Enforcer lightweight missile system

Germany has procured MBDA’s Enforcer lightweight shoulder-launched missile system for the Bundeswehr, the company said in a January 2 release.

No further details of the contract, which was signed by the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) on December 20 were released.

MBDA was successful in the competition for the Leichtes Wirkmittel 1800+, the German requirement for a lightweight, day and night, precision-guided, shoulder-launched weapon system with a range of more than 1,800 metres.

With a lock-on before launch capability, the fire-and-forget Enforcer missile provides precision capabilities against lightly armoured static and moving targets, targets behind cover and in urban environments at up to 2,000 m. It can be operated from cover and in enclosed and confined spaces.

The modular system is lightweight – the missile and single-use launch tube weigh in at less than 9 kg (19.8 lb), while the complete system, which includes two munitions and a sight, is less than 20 kg – and can be carried and operated by one soldier.

MBDA is positioning Enforcer as complimentary to existing shoulder-fired infantry weapon systems including the Wirkmittel 90.

“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,” Éric Béranger, CEO of MBDA said.

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