MILAN launcher mounted on French Army VBL
|Place of origin||France / West Germany|
|Number built||350,000 missiles, 10,000 launchers|
MILAN (French: Missile d´infanterie léger antichar; English: Light anti-tank infantry missile, milan(e) is French for kite) is a European anti-tank guided missile. Design of the MILAN started in 1962, it was ready for trials in 1971, and was accepted for service in 1972. It is a wire guided SACLOS (semi-automatic command to line-of-sight) missile, which means the sight of the launch unit has to be aimed at the target to guide the missile. The MILAN can be equipped with a MIRA thermal sight, or MILIS to give it night-firing ability.
- History 1
- Variants 2
- Current operators 3.1
- Former operators 3.2
- Gallery 4
- See also 5
- References 6
- External links 7
MILAN is a French / German missile that has been license-built by Italy, Spain, Britain and India. As it is guided by wire by an operator, this missile can avoid most countermeasures (flares and chaff). The drawbacks are its short range, the exposure of the operator, and that it requires a skilled and well-trained operator.
- MILAN 1: Single, main shaped charge warhead (1972), calibre 103 mm
- MILAN 2: Single, main shaped charge warhead, with standoff probe to increase penetration (1984) – see photo to right, calibre 115 mm
- MILAN 2T: Single main shaped charge, with smaller shape charge warhead at end of standoff probe to defeat reactive armour (1993)
- MILAN 3: Tandem, shaped charge warheads (1996) and electronic beacon
- MILAN ER: Extended range (3,000 m) and improved penetration
The later MILAN models have tandem HEAT warheads. This was done to keep pace with developments in Soviet armour technology – Soviet tanks began to appear with explosive reactive armour, which could defeat earlier ATGMs. The smaller precursor HEAT warhead penetrates and detonates the ERA tiles, paving the way for the main HEAT warhead to penetrate the armour behind.
- Afghanistan – Afghan National Army
- Armenia – Armed Forces of Armenia
- Brazil – Brazilian Army
- Belgium – Belgian Army: Infantry weapon; to be replaced by Spike-MR missile.
- Chad – Chadian Ground Forces: Infantry weapon.
- Cyprus – Cypriot National Guard 45 launchers
- Estonia – Estonian Defence Forces
- Egypt – Egyptian Army: Mounted on light vehicles. 220 units are used.
- France – French Army: Infantry and vehicle-mounted weapon. Will be replaced by Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) from 2017.
- Germany – Bundeswehr: Mounted primarily on Marder and TPz Fuchs fighting vehicles; to be replaced by EUROSPIKE.
- Greece – Hellenic Army 400 Launchers
- India – Indian Army: Infantry and vehicle-mounted weapon. Around 30,000 built under license by Bharat Dynamics. The Indian Army has also spent close to US$120 million on 4,100 new MILAN-2T ATGMs.
Iraq – Iraqi Army: One reportedly hit a British Challenger 2 MBT during the early stages of Operation Telic along with multiple rocket-propelled grenades. The tank survived the attack.
- Kurdistan – Peshmerga: 30 launchers and 500 missiles, delivery in two portions was announced on August 31, 2014 by German Bundeswehr. These missiles have proven to be the key for the Peshmerga to turn the tide in the war against ISIS, being now capable of facing tanks captured from the Iraq military.
- Italy – Italian Army: Infantry weapon. Built under license by Oto Melara; Total of 714 launchers with 17,163 missile delivered in 1990. 807 MILAN 2T ordered in 2004 and delivered in 2005 (SIPRI).
- Kenya – Kenyan Army: Infantry weapon.
- Lebanon – Lebanese Army
- Libya – Libyan National Army
- Macedonia - Army of the Republic of Macedonia
- Mauritania – Mauritanian Army
- Mexico – Mexican Army (Ejército Mexicano): Mounted primarily on Panhard VBL scout cars; at least 16 launchers and several hundred missiles are available.
- Morocco – Royal Moroccan Army
- Pakistan – Pakistan Army
- Portugal – Portuguese Army; Portuguese Marines
- PKK : As per the Der Spiegel, PKK acquired the MILAN anti tank missiles provided by Germany 
- South Africa – South African Army: 375 missiles.
- Spain – Spanish Army: Upgraded to MILAN 2/2T.
Syria – Syrian Army: About 1000 missiles used in the anti-vehicular role.
- Free Syrian Army: Some captured.
- Tunisia – Tunisian Armed Forces: 120 missiles.
- Turkey – Turkish Army
- Uruguay – Uruguayan Army
- Yemen – Yemeni security forces
- Australia – Australian Army: Was used by infantry and mounted on vehicles. The Australian Army withdrew the MILAN from service in the early 1990s. The ADF now fields the FGM-148 Javelin system.
- Ireland – Irish Army: Infantry weapon; replaced by the FGM-148 Javelin.
- Singapore – Singapore Army: Replaced by the Israeli Spike.
- UNITA: 150 missiles.
- United Kingdom – British Army; Royal Marines – While primarily an infantry weapon, it was also used in the FV120 Spartan MCT turret. Over 50,000 missiles were purchased for use in the British Armed Forces. The MILAN was deployed against Argentine bunkers in the Falklands conflict and later against T-55s during the Gulf War. It was replaced by the FGM-148 Javelin in mid-2005.
German Army MILAN equipped with an AGDUS combat simulator
- "Armenia purchases France-Germany co-produced anti-tank missile systems". Apa.az. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- Belgium selects Spike missile to replace Milan – Armyrecognition.com, January 3, 2013
- France Orders Anti-Tank Missile from MBDA – Defensenews.com, 5 December 2013
- "Unterstützung der Regierung der Autonomen Region Irakisch-Kurdistan bei der Versorgung der Flüchtlinge und beim Kampf gegen den Islamischen Staat im Nordirak (PDF)" (PDF). German Bundeswehr (in German). 31 August 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- "Irak: Deutschland schickt Kurden Panzerabwehrraketen".
- http://www.revestito.it/ id1=101&idaux=101&wiki=Forze_armate_mondiali_dal_secondo_dopoguerra_al_XXI_secolo/Italia:_esercito_3
- "Kampf gegen IS-Miliz: Ausrüstung der Bundeswehr möglicherweise in die Hände der PKK gelangt". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 14.02.2015.
- "Trade Registers". Armstrade.sipri.org. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
- Syrian rebels captured ammunition depot with Milan / Konkurs anti-tank missiles and rockets – Armyrecognition.com, 5 August 2013
- Zaloga (2004), p. 36.
- Technical data sheet on the website of MBDA
- Information about The British Army's Milan 2
- Video link
- British army training video of MILAN on YouTube