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Sea Venom design delay raises Wildcat capability questions

5th March 2020 - 12:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


The anti-ship weapons capabilities of the RN AW159 Wildcat have been dealt a blow with confirmation that the new MBDA Sea Venom missile has suffered from design flaws, resulting in a 15-month in-service delay.

Brief disclosure of the matter was published in the latest UK MoD equipment plan, which pointed out that a ‘number of design issues with key sub systems’ of the 120kg guided weapon have forced IOC to slip to 2022.

‘MBDA continues to place a priority and maximum effort into the successful implementation of the Sea Venom/ANL programme,’ a spokesperson for the pan-European weapons manufacturer said in

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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