Naval Weapons

MBDA completes initial Marte ER test flight

28 November 2018

MBDA has successfully completed the first test flight of a prototype Marte ER anti-ship missile.

“The Marte ER missile flew for more than 100 km on a planned trajectory that included several waypoints and sea skimming flight, successfully testing all flying phases,” MBDA said in a press statement.

The ground-launched test was conducted on 9 November at an unspecified Italian test range, which Jane’s has identified as the Joint Armed Forces test range at Salto Di Quirra in Sardinia. Jane's understands that the missile canister was installed at an ashore coastal test facility, with the flight conducted over the Salto Di Quirra test range area at sea to achieve the missile’s intended range.

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