Paris and London relaunch their cooperation in the field of tactical missiles

Franco-British cooperation in terms of the development of military systems has often been difficult, and punctuated by bitter failures, as was the case, for example, of the aircraft carrier project between the two countries. But when it succeeds, it often gives very high quality equipment. This was the case in the field of helicopters with the Gazelle and the Puma, in the field of combat aircraft with the Jaguar, and more recently, in the field of artillery guns with the 40mm telescoped ammunition system. But the favorite field of this cooperation has for several decades been missiles…

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Franco-British ANL / Sea Venom anti-ship missile ready for service

On November 17, the General Directorate of Armaments carried out, on the test site of the Ile du Levant in the Var, the final test of the Anti-Navire Léger missile, or ANL, designated Sea Venom in Grande Britain, paving the way for his admission to service in the French Navy and the Royal Navy. This missile is one of the joint projects between France and Great Britain launched on the occasion of the Lancaster House agreements signed in 2010, with the FMAN/FMC anti-ship and cruise missile program and the war program MMCM mines, which also has just passed a decisive stage there is...

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Could the Libyan civil war redefine modern air combat? Part 2/2

This article is the second part of a reflection started in a previous article available here. In recent months, the Libyan civil war has intensified on several fronts, including the conduct of air and anti-aircraft operations. In the camp of the ANL as in that of the GNA, the mini-drones were gradually supplemented by tactical drones, then by armed MALE drones. In the first part of this article, published yesterday, we explained how the use of armed drones to carry out targeted strikes led each side to acquire modern anti-aircraft systems. The latter, particularly expensive, have in turn been…

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With Martlet missiles, Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters will have unique firepower

In a joint press release, Thales and Leonardo announced the first successful launch of an LMM (Lightweight Multirole Missile) missile from an AW159 Wildcat helicopter. Developed by Thales, the LMM is a light multipurpose missile developed on behalf of the British Armed Forces. Within the Royal Navy it has already been tested for sea-to-sea fire from frigates, but this is the first time the new missile (designated Martlet in the Royal Navy) has fired from a Wildcat helicopter. For the occasion, the helicopter designed by the British branch of the Italian Leonardo (formerly Westland) was equipped with its new supports...

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The Franco-British ANL / Sea Venom missile from MBDA qualified for the French Navy

Since the withdrawal from service of the AS-12 missiles in the 80s, the helicopters of the French Navy no longer had the capacity to implement anti-ship missiles, with the notable exception of the Super Frelon which could implement the AM-39 Exocet missile, which also leaked and was withdrawn from service in 2010. It was to overcome this failure that the French and British agreed, in 2010, to develop a new light anti-ship missile jointly, during the agreements of Lancaster House which also focused on the development of the Future Anti-Ship Missile / Future Cruise Missile, the FCAS program of aborted combat drone, and the program of…

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India orders 24 MH-60R Sea Hawk naval helicopters during Donald Trump visit to New Delhi

There are themed days, and today the predominant theme is the helicopter. Indeed, during his official visit to India, US President Donald Trump signed military orders for a quite modest amount of $3 billion, relating in particular to the acquisition of 24 MH-60R Sea Hawk naval helicopters for the Indian Navy. This order, eagerly awaited on the subcontinent, will significantly strengthen the anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare capabilities of Indian ships. The United States is very present on Indian calls for tenders in the field of Defence. Whether it's P8 Poseidon, Apache helicopters, anti-aircraft missiles or…

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The anti-ship missile market will grow to 20 Md $ in 2031

According to an analysis by Forecast International, the market for anti-ship missiles should grow to reach $20 billion in 2031, rising from $1 billion per year today to more than €1,5 billion per year in 2027. According to this study , China will take the largest share of this market, followed by Western companies. The Franco-British MBDA has arguments to impose itself on this market, with the family of Exocet missiles, the latest version of which, the MM40 Block III, is equipped with intelligent sensors allowing the missile to attack a target with high potential military in a fleet, even without terminal guidance. the ANL (Light Anti-Ship)/Sea Venom missile,…

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