Mistral ATLAS is a very short range air defence weapon system, firing the Mistral, the latest generation fire-and-forget missile. The system is a twin launcher, which is vehicle mounted, but can be easily deployed on the ground or on top of a building for static missions. MISTRAL ATLAS is normally operated by a gunner and a crew commander. However, if the mission is carried out in a simple tactical environment, it can be operated by one single soldier. Mistral Atlas can be operated from within the vehicle’s cabin or remotely via a fully mobile workstation with a 360° revolving, motorised turret.
Mistral ATLAS can be either operated autonomously, thanks to its latest generation thermal sight and its IFF or integrated to a fire control and co-ordination system such as the MCP (MISTRAL CO-ORDINATION POST) or I-MCP (Improved Missile Control Post). Compatible with all versions of the Mistral missile, Atlas provides fire-and-forget capability, and high kill probability against fixed and rotary wing aircraft and UAVs. The system can be integrated into a coordinated ﬁre control network and is adaptable to third party communication systems.
Mistral is an infrared homing surface-to-air missile manufactured by the European multinational company MBDA missile systems (formerly by Matra BAe Dynamics). The Mistral has been designed to be launched from a wide range of systems such as MCP, ALBI, MANPADS, SIMBAD, ATLAS, SIGMA, SADRAL, TETRAL and ATAM. The Mistral missile is able to engage a supersonic target flying at 3,000 meters of altitude. Mistral is being used for point defense, ship self-defense, defense of mobile units and air-to-air engagements (ATAM). It is provided with an imaging Infrared seeker and a blast fragmentation warhead detonated by a proximity laser fuze. The Mistral 2 is the improved Mistral 1, most recent, currently in production model. MBDA has produced more than 15,000 Mistral missiles for 25 countries.