European Defence Agency’s Mission Abort System for Guided Ammunition

European Defence Agency (EDA) reports that they’ve successfully tested their Mission Abort System for large caliber guided ammunition. The new system incorporates a built-in self-destruction mechanism. Once its electronic system determines that the projectile leaves the safe range or flies at a different trajectory, it destroys the shell by breaking it into two pieces.

This system is supposed to make training possible in ranges that are in dangerous proximity to inhabited areas and couldn’t otherwise host large caliber armament practice shooting. This problem exists in many European countries.

Panzerhaubitze 2000

This project started back in 2013 and now they have the first successful test firing. The project is financed by Ministries of Defence of Germany and Italy. The test firing was done with 155mm Vulcano ammunition loaded with a subcaliber 92mm projectile. Two Mission Abort System projectiles were fired which were made by Diehl BGT Defence and Finmeccanica companies. The shells were shot in German Meppen Proving ground from a Panzerhaubitze 2000 which is a German self-propelled howitzer.

According to European Defence Agency, this system is also possible to apply to smaller caliber munitions if its electronics is made smaller.

Interesting to note, that a similar concept (accomplished differently but serving the same purpose) was earlier patented by the United States Army’s Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC).





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  • Brett baker

    Is it non-hackable?

    • ostiariusalpha

      Completely non-hackable? No. But this is training ammo, it isn’t intended for use in a combat theater.

      • noob

        indeed – live ICBMs are said to be specifically designed *without* a mission abort system to reduce the hacking attack surface and remove vulnerabilities. I guess having a nuclear short round or two is considered unlikely vs the very real situation where the enemy is fighting for their lives and trying everything they can to stop your warheads from detonating on their cities.

        No news on training ICBMs. I hear they shoot them into the ocean from installations near the ocean so maybe mission abort is not so important.

        • Anomanom

          I think that’s bloody nutso, not having a way to disable it remotely. Personally, i want a failsafe on anything with the possibility of causing the end of the world.

          • noob

            They think of it as like a handgun (which can end the world of somebody who dies by it). You can’t unshoot somebody, so just be sure of your target (eg north korea) and what’s behind it (south east asia).

          • Chipsa

            There are failsafes. But they’re all focused on the before launch part. Once it flies, it’s done. That’s the advantage of bombers: you can have them flying without the nukes themselves being “launched”. So you can recall them, or have them fly around short of the target country.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Im surprised it took so long to develop. Not that I could have sped it up any.

    It’s easy to take the vastness of the US for granted. I saw this video this week, and while it’s a horrible idea, it’s interesting to see what has been considered to gain more European territory.

    https://youtu.be/fQh0CPNzSmY

    • fdsb

      We dont need more territory, we need less invasions.

      • That’s not terribly realistic in a world where Vlad “The Impaler” Putin relies on SVR agitators to keep Europe and the Middle East in a constant state of turmoil in order to keep the spice oil and natural gas flowing.

        • esda

          I dont know this, i only now that where i live only 10 years ago only were few inmigrants of many places, polite and integrated, working.
          In 10 years my city and al the cities and towns around are full of isamic inmigrants that misrespect our culture, they are agresive with us, they dont work, they take all our taxes in for of economic help, houses, transport al type of services and isntead of say thanks they say that “Europe wil be ours”, and if you have a little road trouble with them everytime they threat you saying “i wil kill you, i know where you live, i wil behead you” and when you call the police, the police say you that “its better to not report”. If you speak about it publicly you can go to the jail for “hate crime”, If you write this in European hosted web and have enough audince you will have problems.
          This is Europe.

        • Warren Ellis

          Eh hopefully fracking will be able to cut down on OPEC’s oil monopoly.

          Funny thing is, it seems like we’re heading toward a world of electric/fuel-cell cars, and lowered pollution, yet at the same time will have lots of oil.

          Take that, 1970s environmental dystopia!

  • Ron

    For the last several year even US made PGMs come with a self duding feature if they are too far off the DMPI

  • noob

    Make a tiny version in 9mm for people concerned with overpenetration in home defense.

  • Joe

    Crossing the Med to train in barren North Africa must be prohibitively expensive.
    Better to develop technology so you can safely train within your own subdivision.

    • Stuki Moi

      I would not want to be one of the saps living downrange, being dependent on what the definition of “safely” is. Maybe the Euros need to make Trump happy by contributing more to NATO forces, so they can join us in “training” further from home….. Barring that, Poland, Ukraine and Scandinavia still has some artillery sized spaces left.

  • Some Rabbit

    Because having two 5 lb. chunks of steel traveling 500 fps landing on your roof will cause less damage than a single 10 lb. chunk…or something.

    • Matt

      The point is, breaking it up causes it to tumble and greatly increase surface area. So if it was off target, instead of traveling 30,000 yards, if the project breaks apart a few thousand yards from the muzzle and it detects it’ll go badly off course, it breaks up and the pieces might fall only 5-8,000 yds away. That is likely to still be within the artillery range.

  • 22winmag

    The sad transformation of TFB the firearms blog into Jane’ Defence Weekly is now complete.