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IDEX 2017: MBDA receives UAE contract for additional Marte Mk 2/N missiles

22 February 2017
MBDA has received a new order from the UAE for Marte Mk 2/N missiles. Shown here is the first picture to be released of a Marte Mk 2/N being launched from a Turkmenistan Border Guard P-1200 patrol boat. Source: MBDA

Key Points

  • The UAE placed its original contract for Marte Mk 2/N in 2009
  • Marte Mk 2/N revealed sold to Turkmenistan

European missile company MBDA has secured a follow-on order from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the supply of additional Marte Mk 2/N anti-ship missiles to the UAE Naval Forces.

At the same time, the company has released a first photograph of a Marte Mk 2/N missile being fired from a Turkmenistan Border Guard patrol vessel. MBDA has never publicly disclosed the sale to Turkmenistan, known internally as the 'Tetris' project.

Developed by MBDA Italia as a ship-launched derivative of the air-launched Marte Mk 2/S missile, Marte Mk 2/N is able to strike targets at ranges in excess of 30 km. The missile flies a fire-and-forget sea-skimming profile using mid-course inertial guidance and radar homing.

The UAE placed its original contract for Marte Mk 2/N in 2009. The system equips 12 27 m Ghannatha II fast craft; each ship system installation comprises four box launchers and missiles, together with a fire-control system.

The order for additional missiles was announced by the UAE General Headquarters (GHQ) on 19 February, and confirmed by MBDA the following day. While the company has not put a value on the contract, GHQ has quoted a figure of AED343.8 million (USD 93.6 million).

In the photo release accompanying its press statement, MBDA showed a first picture of a Marte Mk 2/N missile being launched from a Turkmenistan Border Guard P-1200 patrol boat. The same image also revealed the installation of MBDA's SIMBAD-RC self-defence missile system on the vessel.

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