The UK Ministry Of Defence announced today that it will contribute £280 million for its new collaborative project with France to develop new advanced anti-surface guided missiles.
The missiles will use sophisticated homing technology to attack small and medium-sized targets and will be carried by the Royal Navy’s new Wildcat helicopters.
The Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, said, “This highly sophisticated complex weapon system will provide our new Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters with unparalleled strike capabilities.”
“Not only will the contract protect around 200 specialist engineering jobs in the UK, but is also an important plank in building the strength of our relationship with France through joint procurement of common equipment, which will provide interoperability and other benefits of working in partnership,” Dunne added.
The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, said, “These state-of-the-art missiles will play their part in the maintenance of a credible navy; not only will they provide the Fleet Air Arm with a continuing battle-winning edge into the future, but they will also help to strengthen our partnership and interoperability with our good friends in the Marine Nationale [French Navy].”
Weighing around 100kg, this modern primarily anti-ship missile will destroy vessels from a safe stand-off range. The missile also has a surface attack capability against coastal and land targets.
The joint programme will deliver an enhanced capability to replace existing and legacy systems such as the UK-developed Sea Skua and the French-developed AS15TT anti-ship missiles.
This new system provides very precise effects against a wide range of threats, even in complex environments. A high speed, 2-way data-link communicates the images ‘seen’ by the missile’s seeker to the operator, who, in addition to initiating an autonomous engagement, can alternatively remain in control of the missile throughout the full duration of its flight.
This optional, man-in-the-loop, monitor-and-control facility enables new capabilities such as in-flight retargeting, final aim point correction and refinement, and safe abort.
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