MILAN (Missile d'Infranterie Legar ANtichar, "Infantry anti-tank missile" and also a play on the French word for "kite" because the weapon is wire-guided) is a second-generation SACLOS anti-tank missile launcher system developed in the 1960s by the Euromissile group, now known as MBDA.
MILAN is one of the most widely-sold anti-tank weapons, second only to the BGM-71 TOW series, with some 10,000 launchers and 350,000 missiles produced. In 2009, with MILAN sales flagging due to the availability of the far more advanced fourth-generation fire-and-forget FGM-148 Javelin and Spike systems, MBDA began work on what they call a "fifth-generation" system, the Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP). France began the retirement of all MILAN systems alongside the similarly antiquated ERYX and HOT missiles in 2017: all are planned to be replaced by the MMP with first deployments in 2018 and full adoption by 2025.
(1972 - present)
- Type: Guided missile launcher
- Caliber: 103mm (MILAN 1), 115mm (all later variants)
- Weight: 52.9 lbs (24 kg) (complete system), 14.8 lbs (6.7 kg) (MILAN 1 missile), 15.7 lbs (7.1 kg) (later missiles)
- Length: 36.1 in (91.8 cm) (encased missile)
The MILAN can be seen in the following films, television series, and video games used by the following actors:
|Blessed by Fire||British Royal Marines||Fake mockup||2005|
|Charlie Wilson's War||Mujahideen||2007|
|Show Title / Episode||Actor||Character||Note||Air Date|
|The Professionals||Terrorists||"Blackout"||1977 - 1981|
|Game Title||Referred as||Mods||Notation||Release Date|
|Steel Beasts||With thermal imaging||Mounted on Marder IFV||2000|
|Project Reality||With thermal imaging||Tripod-mounted||2005|
|Project Reality: Falklands||Tripod-mounted||2012|