Naval Weapons

MBDA studies Sea Venom/ANL surface launch variant

23 November 2016

Key Points

  • Initial feasibility studies have examined modifications to the Sea Venom/ANL missile round, and the design of a box launcher
  • MBDA has conceptualised a containerised 'bolt-on' surface launcher installation accommodating up to 12 canistered missiles

MBDA has begun early engineering development work on a putative surface-launched version of the new Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) lightweight anti-ship missile, company officials have confirmed to IHS Jane's.

A simulator representation of the proposed surface-launched variant in operation was shown by MBDA at the recent Euronaval 2016 exhibition in Paris. Initial feasibility study activities, underway since early 2016, have considered modifications to the standard helicopter-launched Sea Venom/ANL missile round, and the design of a box launcher.

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