New Zealand Navy selects Penguin anti-ship missile
The Royal New Zealand Navy will deploy the Penguin Mk 2 Mod 7 anti-ship missile on its new Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters under a new contract signed between Kongsberg and the New Zealand Defence Force.
The contract will see Kongsberg supply the missiles and associated equipment to the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Penguin is an anti-ship missile designed for use in the littorals as well as on open sea. It is an advanced all-digital guided weapon system with numerous selectable flight profiles and trajectories, providing covert targeting, passive flight path and selectable waypoint manoeuvres. Effective against a wide range of surface combatants, it uses accurate navigation system and sophisticated passive infra-red homing array, enabling it to operate in close proximity to land whilst being immune to all known radar countermeasures, IR-decoys and jamming.
Pål Bratlie, EVP Kongsberg Defence Systems, said: ‘This contract strongly confirms the Penguin missile’s position as the leading missile within its segment. The contract is for a limited number of missiles, however it is considered an important upgrade of New Zealand’s navy.’
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