On 1st October, the French Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) and the British Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) agreed to extend their funding of the Materials & Components for Missiles Innovation Technology Partnership programme (MCM ITP). This funding provides for a further twenty one projects and includes the opportunity for new organisations to propose new projects for the programme to start in September 2016.

The MCM ITP programme aims to consolidate the United Kingdom-French complex weapons capability, strengthen the technological base and allow better understanding of common future needs. The programme manages a portfolio of over 121 cutting-edge technologies which hold the promise of major advances, but are still at the laboratory stage today.

It is funded equally by the governments and the industrial partners and is composed of research projects on innovative and exploratory technologies and techniques for future missiles. There is strong participation from SMEs and academia with 76 participating in the programme to date, and a total of 121 organisations involved in the overall programme.

The MCM-ITP programme will allow technologies to be matured in the laboratory which, once validated, can then become part of future technology demonstrators of missiles, equipment or missile systems, before being used by the armed forces in weapons which could enter into service during the next decade and beyond.

This programme covers all domains relevant to missile development (including systems, infrared and radar sensors, solid propulsion, air-breathing propulsion, warheads, safety and arming units and fuzes, materials and electronics), with each of these domains being led by MBDA or one of its MCM ITP partners (Nexter, QinetiQ, Roxel, Safran Microturbo, Selex ES and Thales).

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