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Diehl Defence has received an order for more than 600 additional MELLS (lightweight, multi-role guided missile system) guided missiles. The high-performance effectors for precise engagement of armoured ground and infrastructure targets are scheduled to be delivered to EuroSpike GmbH in 2024. This is a joint venture between Diehl, Rheinmetall and Rafael, which is in charge of programme management and marketing in Europe.

Diehl Defence produces the MELLS guidance and control assemblies in Germany, including the high-resolution dual-mode seeker head as well as the warhead while carrying out final integration. The missiles are delivered from Diehl’s integration centre in the Saarland. They are not only used with a portable command and launch unit in dismounted operation but also from the MARDER and PUMA armoured infantry combat vehicles as well as the WIESEL gun carrier.

During operation, soldiers benefit from a sophisticated seeker technology and the special warhead architecture of the light, compact, effector. The free choice between daylight and night vision mode offers a reliable and stable target tracking even in case of changing visibility conditions. Until 2024, the total volume of the missile procured by the purchasing authority will increase to more than 4,600 items, thanks to the latest order. It is part of a basic agreement on the procurement of missiles over the next ten years. Thus, the supply to the German Army with one of the most modern antitank armaments is also safeguarded in the future.

Jack Richardson