The Ministry of Defence has launched two new anti-armour projects.
One is to give the army’s Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) the ability to fire a single rocket able to knock out tanks, while the other is to devise a new autonomous anti-armour mine which can attack several targets over a wide area.
The MoD wants to launch a pre-feasibility study for the MLRS project in September. This would run for about nine months.
The UK would be the contracting nation for the study, which could lead to a new weapon for the four participating nations in the European MLRS project, namely France, Germany, Italy and the UK.
Expressions of interest are being sought from companies by 21 May. Matra BAe Dynamics, GEC-Marconi and Hunting could all be interested.
A bidders’ conference is planned for July to which potential prime and major sub-contractors for the mine initiative would be invited. GEC-Marconi and Hunting are again likely to be among them.