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June 18, 2021

USMC contracts Mistral for OPF-M loitering missile systems

The OPF-M system will provide the USMC with ISR and precision indirect fire strike capabilities.

The US Marine Corps (USMC) System Command Quantico has contracted Mistral to design, build, and test a new loitering munition system.

Mistral will design, develop and test the Organic Precision Fires – Mounted (OPF-M) munition system.

It will also be responsible for integrating the system onto the Light Armored Vehicle-Medium (LAV-M), Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), and Long-Range Unmanned Surface Vessel (LRUSV).

Mistral teamed with UVision  to supply the USMC with advanced Loitering Strike Munition capabilities based on UVision’s Hero 120.

UVision’s Hero family of loitering systems includes Hero-30, Hero-70, Hero-120, Hero-250, Hero-400, Hero-900, and Hero-1250.

Mistral EVP colonel (retired) Yossi Gez said: “Mistral and UVision bring together decades of experience in the development and manufacturing of defence systems to address the US Marine Corp’s need for a proven precision strike loitering system.”

The OPF-M system will provide the USMC with capabilities, such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and precision indirect fire strike.

Furthermore, Mistral will integrate the OPF strike system based on UVision’s Hero 120 loitering system, with the USMC Command and Control (C2) and other mission payloads.

Mistral president Banai said: “Mistral is privileged by the USMC selection of our solution for the OPF-M programme. Mistral and our teammates are honoured to provide our warfighters with the OPF mission-critical precision strike systems.

“Additionally, we at Mistral, wish to acknowledge and thank the US Government (ASD(SO/LIC)) IWTSD (Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate, previously CTTSO) for their vision, guidance, and support enabling us to develop the MLAM Hero-120-SF.”

The USMC has selected Mistral after the successful completion of several tests at different US Government test centres.

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