M-40 target UAV intercepts Mistral missile

ITALY. Leonardo has concluded a series of flights with its M-40 target unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of a trials campaign in Italy. This saw the drones simulating modern airborne threats, allowing for the realistic demonstration of MBDA’s latest surface-to-air Mistral missile.

The M-40 is Leonardo’s latest entry in its Mirach target UAV family and is able to mimic various aircrafts and missiles, including radar, infrared (IR), and visual threats. During the Mistral demonstration, the M-40 simulated enemy airborne platforms for the missile to target.

Fifteen international delegations observed the trials, including a live firing of a Mistral missile at an M-40 drone. According to the company, the missile intercepted the target.