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FC/ASW programme completes key review

25th March 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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MBDA has announced that the British-French Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme has successfully completed its key review phase, jointly carried out by the UK’s Defence Equipment and Support and France’s defence procurement agency.

The current €100 million concept phase was initiated in 2017 for a duration of three years and is split 50/50 in terms of both quantity and quality of content between the UK and France. The effort will see MBDA mature systems and technologies that will increase the survivability, range and lethality of anti-ship and deep strike missiles launched by both air and naval combat platforms.

More in-depth studies will now be conducted with the aim of identifying the solutions that will be selected at the end of the concept phase in 2020 in order to respond to both nations’ requirements for long range anti-ship missions, suppression of enemy air defences and deep strike.

The conclusions of this study will help establish roadmaps for maturing the technologies required, and to launch any follow on assessment phase. This new phase will demonstrate the necessary maturity of the weapon system and its key components, to be followed by the development and production phase in the 2024 timeframe.

The FC/ASW intends to replace Storm Shadow/SCALP air launched cruise missile currently in service in the UK and France as well as Exocet anti-ship missile in France and Harpoon anti-ship missile in the UK.

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