On 28 March the UK and France signed a new weapon system agreement initiating a three-year concept phase to develop the Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme.
The FC/ASW programme - which will be executed by MBDA - will examine options to replace and improve existing Naval and Air Force weapons systems - including Storm Shadow/SCALP EG, AGM/RGM-84 Harpoon and Exocet MM40, capabilities in their respective countries' inventories in the next decade, and will define the missile designs and reduce risks to inform decisions about the next stage of the programme. The aim of the FC/ASW programme is to have a new generation of missiles by 2030.
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