Air-Launched Weapons

France conducts first MdCN qualification firing

09 July 2013

France has carried out the first qualification firing of the Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) naval cruise missile, MBDA announced on 5 July.

MDBA MdCN naval cruise missile on its first qualification firing from the DGA range at Biscarosse on 1 July 2013. (DGA)MDBA MdCN naval cruise missile on its first qualification firing from the DGA range at Biscarosse on 1 July 2013. (DGA)

A spokesperson for France's Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) told IHS Jane's that the "firing marks the entry into the qualification process: this means that the missile is now considered as mature [confirmed by the success of the firing]."

The launch, which was carried out on 1 July from the DGA's Biscarosse missile testing centre, was intended to simulate a frigate firing, with the missile fired from a Sylver A70 vertical launch system (VLS).

The MdCN is a vertically launched/torpedo tube launched missile derived from the air launched MBDA Scalp EG (Système de Croisière Autonome à Longue Portée-Emploi Général)/Storm Shadow weapon.

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