Air-Launched Weapons

Brazilian Navy signs Exocet missile contract

27 April 2014

The Brazilian Navy has signed a BRL60 million (USD27 million) contract with Brazilian Aerospace Avibras to develop a new version of the Exocet AM39 B2 air-to-surface missile produced by European missile house MBDA, officials announced in late April.

The solid propellant weapon is to be used on the Eurocopter EC725 that is being produced for the Brazilian Navy by Helibrás in Itajubá, Sao Paulo.

Patrick La Revelièr, MBDA's vice-president of sales for Latin America, said that "the engine is being manufactured 100% domestically and will be ready for testing in mid-2016."

He also revealed that the AM39 will have about 50% domestic content with a Brazilian motor.

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