To date, expenditures on MR TRIGAT
have been approximately [pound]100 M.
Mr Hoon said: "Our initial assessment is that alternative systems now available will be in many ways more capable than MR Trigat and offer significant financial savings.
Trigat was to have replaced the ageing Milan system in the armed forces of the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
The fire-and-forget long-range variant of the Trigat
, developed as a replacement for the Hot, achieved a significant milestone on 30 June 2006 when Germany's BWB (Bundesamt fur Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung) defence procurement agency signed a production contract with German MBDA subsidiary LFK and Diehl BGT Defence, which developed the missile's passive infrared target seeker.
Current plans are for SOFRADIR to produce 100,000 IRFPAs for the sensors in the European anti-tank missile called TRIGAT
The HAD will have uprated engines and an improved roof-mounted sighting system that can guide anti-armour missiles such as the Euromissile Hot-3 and Trigat
Perhaps the most popular weapon from Rafael today is the Gill/Spike anti-armour weapon - popular because it has won competitions over both the American Javelin and the European Trigat
MR (contributing to the latter's demise).
The project of using the Trigat
missile on the Milan launcher emerged in summer 2000 shortly after the Trigat
programme was terminated.
Whilst the Trigat was initially intended to fulfil the requirements of Belgium, Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands, it was clear that ultimately some of the 44 Milan anti-armour missile customer nations were expected to stretch the Trigat user list.
Within six weeks -- between early August and 15 September 2000 -- Aerospatiale Matra Missiles was able to present a new tangible proposal, which, in a curious twist of events as we shall see, ironed out some of the criticisms made to the Trigat programme, particularly in terms of weight and guidance emissions.
When the British decision to drop out of the Trigat programme -- ironically the nation that had the requirement for the largest number of firing posts and missiles -- on the last week day of the Farnborough Air Show, it became clear that the five-nation anti-tank missile programme had breathed its last.
Whilst the Trigat was initially intended to fulfil the requirements of Belgium, Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands, it was clear that, ultimately, some of the 44 Milan anti-armour missile customer nations were expected to stretch the Trigat user list.