October 11, 2018 (Google Translation) – From 25 August to 22 September 2018 in Djibouti, the technical section of the Army (STAT), the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) and the MBDA company conducted the missile weapons system evaluation campaign medium range (SA MMP). The purpose of this evaluation was to verify the suitability for use of MMP SA in a semi-desert environment.
For this purpose, nine shots were fired and all the missiles reached their target. The results confirm the reliability of the weapons system in a hot environment as well as its performance during operational fire scenarios.
Two shots were fired by Marine Force marines and commandos from the multi-purpose commando boat embarked (ÉCUME): a first shot from the sea to the land and the second from the sea to the sea. is the first weapon system of this type that can be implemented from the SUD.
The FFDj have a training environment and climatic conditions approaching the current zones of engagement in the Sahel-Saharan belt. The fire results of this campaign in a hot environment allow the projection of the MMP SA as part of the Barkhane mission, in the coming weeks.
The 1,450 soldiers of the French forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDj) are based in Djibouti in accordance with the defense cooperation treaty signed in 2011 with that country. The advanced operational base (BOA) which welcomes them, offers to the armies, like the BOA of Ivory Coast, various capacities: true reservoir of forces, it participates in the defense of the French interests, the logistical support of the operations on the continent, while contributing to military cooperation actions for the benefit of several African countries. In addition, French forces stationed in Djibouti are supporting their partners in the East African Regional Economic Community to strengthen their military capabilities, including through their participation in peacekeeping operations.