Selex ES (a Finmeccanica company, Stands 06-A03, B-005) has signed a contract with MBDA France and Sagem for the development and production of the new imaging infrared (IIR) seeker equipping the next-generation Sea Venom/ Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) helicopter-launched anti-ship missile.
MBDA was awarded a contract in March 2014 valued at more than £500 million to advance the Sea Venom/ANL programme into its demonstration and manufacture phase to meet the needs of the UK Royal Navy (RN) and the French Navy under the respective Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) and ANL programmes.
Designed to equip the RN’s new Wildcat HMA.2 helicopter and the French Navy’s NH90 Caiman maritime helicopter, Sea Venom/ANL is a 100kg-class anti-ship guided weapon intended to address targets from fast attack craft up to corvette size. Flying at high subsonic speed, it will use an IIR seeker to ensure a high level of precision in cluttered littoral environments.
A two-way datalink will allow for operator-in-the-loop control, enabling capabilities such as in-flight re-targeting and safe-abort.
Development began in late 2013 under pre-contract funding from MBDA, with Selex ES having now delivered first electronic hardware and a preliminary mathematical model to Sagem. The development phase will be followed by a multiyear manufacturing programme.