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MBDAs Marte ER antiship missile successfully passes final tests.

| 2021

According to a press release published by MBDA on December 14, 2021, MBDA’s new Marte ER anti-ship missile successfully completed its final test firing at the end of November.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 MARTE ER anti-ship missile at Seafuture 21, La Spezzia (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

Carried out at an Italian test range in Sardinia, the firing was a key milestone in the validation process of Marte ER. It provided extra confidence in the performance level and reliability of this new missile.

A telemetric production standard missile with all functional capabilities and production hardware embedded was used. The only exception was the use of an inert warhead instead of a live one. The ground-based launching system used was also in its final hardware and software configuration.

Using its mission planning software, the missile carried out a long-range sea-skimming flight. It made three main turns and a pop-up/dive maneuver during the last turn. A straight segment then followed up to the RF seeker activation point. Target identification, selection, and tracking was extremely fast and proportional guidance started soon after.

During its terminal phase, the missile successfully performed its anti-Close-in Weapon Systems maneuver, hitting the target just above the waterline at high transonic speed. This confirmed the outstanding effectiveness of Marte ER’s terminal guidance with its new solid-state RF Seeker.

This firing was the last one in the development path of Marte ER, which will enter into operation early next year.

MARTE ER represents the third generation within the MARTE family of missile systems and is derived from Marte MK2 which is already in service with the Italian Navy and overseas countries.

The weapon is designed to operate in all weather conditions and to deliver its highly effective lethal effect at ranges over 100 km. Its highly flexible mission profile allows for automatic and manual waypoints, salvo firing, and attacks on land coordinates, with specific methods of countering ship hard and soft defenses.

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