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Marte ER missile firing in Italy

21st November 2018 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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MBDA’s Marte ER anti-ship missile completed its first firing at an Italian test range on 9 November 2018.

During the trial the Marte ER missile flew for more than 100km on a planned trajectory that included several waypoints and sea skimming flight.

Marte ER is derived from Marte MK2/S, which is already in service with the Italian Navy on its NH90 and AW101  helicopters. The difference between the two missiles is the introduction of a turbo engine in place of the rocket motor.

Pasquale Di Bartolomeo, managing director MBDA Italia, said: ‘This test is a further confirmation of the robustness of 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.

‘The Marte family has a strong and successful history both at domestic and international levels: most recently with Marte ER being ordered earlier in 2018 by the Qatar Emiri Air Force for their new NH90 helicopters.’

The Marte ER programme has completed the 18-month system definition phase and the full integration of Marte ER on the Eurofighter Typhoon platform is proceeding in order to implement an anti-ship capability.

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