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MBDA’s Marte ER anti-ship missile passes second test firing

Marte ER anti-ship missile
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The Marte extended range (ER) anti-ship missile that is being developed by MBDA has completed its second firing carried out at the PISQ (Poligono Interforze del Salto di Quirra) test range in Sardinia.

As announced by the company, the firing confirmed the overall design and performance of the missile marking a critical milestone in its development path.

Compared to the first firing, which took place at the end of 2018, several additional features and functionalities were tested. These included an integrated navigation system, proximity fly-over fuze, with weapon controller and actuation system in advanced configuration.

The missile also featured the terminal guidance with a new seeker, engineered and developed by the MBDA Seeker Division.

The floating target was hit with “almost zero” miss distance after a flight of about 100 km. The missile also pulled off several major maneuvers including very low sea skimming at very high speed.

The company further said the Marte ER program is also making progress with the integration on the Eurofighter Typhoon platform, thereby providing an anti-ship capability for the fighter.