The last launch of the anti-ship missile MBDA Sea Venom / ANL (AntiNavire Lger) by MBDA took place on the French test site of the Ile du Levant de la Direction Gnrale de l’Armement (DGA) and concluded this part of the qualification process. . This launch was designed to test the ability to distinguish targets in complex marine scenarios.
These missiles are intended to equip the embarked Wilcat AW159 helicopters of the Royal Navy and the new H160M Gupard of the French Navy Nationale, selected in the Hlicoptre Interarmes Lger or HIL program. The Sea Venom can set its target both before and after launch and is the result of the Future AntiSurface Guided Weapon Heavy or FASWG-H / ANL program. This missile will replace other missiles in use, such as the Sea Skua in the UK or the AS15TT in France.
The missile has two guidance modes, one of the fire and oblivion type thanks to the infrared guidance system and a second precision steering function that the manufacturer calls the operator in the loop where a wireless data link is used to connect the missile to an operator, who retains control of the missile, is able to change targets in flight, precisely correct the impact or abort at the last moment. It has a range of 20 km, employs a 30 kg warhead. of weight and can fly in various profiles, including low altitude flight over the sea or even launching in volleys.
On February 20, it was fired at low altitude from a Dauphin helicopter on the same French test track and flew deep into the sea before attacking its target. In the terminal phase, the crew refined the point of impact with images on the data link helicopter of the missile’s infrared seeker.
Each British Wilcat AW159 helicopter can carry eight of these 100 kg missiles. Weight in quadruple mounts on each side of the hull that can be used to destroy various surface targets from small high speed vessels, medium sized vessels such as corvettes, or even coastal targets on land.
It is the first result of the Cooperation Agreements signed by France and the United Kingdom, known as the Lancaster House Accords, which celebrate their 10th anniversary this month. In 2014, the UK and France agreed to develop this missile, to which they will contribute equally financially. The missile production contract was awarded to MBDA in March of the same year on the basis of the One Complex Weapons initiative to consolidate the Franco-British missile industry around MBDA. (Jos M Navarro Garca)
Photo: Sea Venom / ANL missile during final test (MBDA)
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