MBDA wins demilitarisation award
MBDA has been awarded a contract for the destruction of 36,000 complex munitions by the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA). This marks the beginning of a new strategic activity for MBDA according to a company statement issued 25 November 2011.
The contract will see MBDA be responsible for the disposal before 2017 of more than 1,000 missiles, 22,000 M26 rockets (the rockets formerly deployed in Multi Launch Rocket Systems or MLRSs), each containing 644 sub-munitions, and 13,000 155-mm grenade shells, each containing 63 sub-munitions – hence more than 15 million sub-munitions.
To meet the requirements MBDA will call on its ‘wealth of experience in the missiles and missile systems domain, undertakes to establish within two years and within national territory a facility to process classified munitions in accordance with the very strict regulations that apply to defence safety; namely operational reliability and respect for the environment’.
According to the company statement, the munition processing plant will be installed at MBDA’s Bourges Subdray site in central France.
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