MBDA’s Marte ER anti-ship missile, meant for firing from the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet, completed its first flight on November 9.
The firing trial was carried out on 9 November in an Italian test range. The Marte ER missile flew for more than 100 km on a planned trajectory that included several waypoints and sea skimming flight, successfully testing all flying phases, the company said in a statement last week.
Pasquale Di Bartolomeo, Executive Group Director Sales & Business Development and Managing Director MBDA Italia, commented: “The ER version of the Marte family of multi-platform anti-ship missiles that can be launched by ships, helicopters, coastal batteries and fast jets. Most recently Marte ER being ordered earlier in 2018 by the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) for their new NH90 helicopters.”
Having completed the 18 months System Definition Phase, the full integration of Marte ER on the Eurofighter Typhoon platform is proceeding at pace in order to implement an anti-ship capability onto the fighter.
MBDA has won a contract to develop next generation MICA missile, MICA NG from the French Defence Procurement Agency DGA (Direction Générale de lArmement) with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2026. The MICA NG will be available to arm the current and future versions of the Rafale combat aircraft, the company said in a statement last Friday
The Spanish Ministry of Defence and TAURUS Systems GmbH (TSG) signed a contract for an upgrade of the operational capability of the TAURUS KEPD 350 Weapon System used by the Spanish Air Force. The TAURUS KEPD 350 has been in the inventory of the Spanish Air force for 10 years
MBDA has opened a new facility in Bolton for the manufacture of a range of missiles for the UK and export markets. The new Bolton site is where a number of missiles (that include Brimstone, ASRAAM, CAMM (Sea Ceptor and Land Ceptor), SPEAR, and Meteor) are being produced for the UK Armed Forces, the company said in a statement Monday
Estonia will acquire Mistral short range air defence missiles/ man portable surface to air missiles, training missiles, simulators and testing and maintenance equipment from European missile manufacturer MBDA under a 50 million euros (US $58.7 million) contract
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The French Directorate General of Armament (DGA) and MBDA have tested third light anti-ship missile (ANL) or Sea Venom off the Levant (83-Var) island from a helicopter. The tests were conducted on 14 November 2018 by the teams from the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) and MBDA at the Mediterranean Center site, DGA said in a statement Monday
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