Naval Weapons

Brazil conducts test firing of MANSUP anti-ship missile

17 December 2018

Brazil has achieved a major step in developing an ASM with the launch of the first MANSUP prototype. Source: Victor Barreira

The Brazilian Navy and industry in late 2018 achieved a major milestone in the effort to develop an indigenous surface-to-surface anti-ship missile (ASM) capability, with the first flight trial of a representative MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) missile.

On 27 November the navy launched a prototype MANSUP ASM with a telemetry warhead from the Cv Barroso (V34) corvette, some 300 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Three missiles were manufactured for flight trials and a single functional testing missile model or MTF (Modelo de Teste Funcional) was manufactured for the testing activity.

The event, which was originally scheduled for October, "enables the navy and the industry team to proceed with development of the missile," a navy spokesperson told Jane's . "MANSUP significantly contributes to the country's defence technological and industrial base [DTIB] and accordingly provides Brazil with the technological ability and autonomy to complete the life-cycle of weapons of this class," he added.

MANSUP is intended to replace the navy's current MBDA Exocet MM40 Block 1 ASM capability and can be launched from the MBDA ITL-70A launcher installed in several existing Brazilian Navy surface ships. The MANSUP missile weighs 860 kg (including a 154 kg high-explosive blast fragmentation warhead), is 5780 mm in length, 344 mm diameter, has a wingspan of 1,135 mm, and has a range of approximately 70 km.

Avibras Indústria Aeroespacial provides the solid propellant rocket-motor solution - which delivers transonic speed (between Mach 0.8 and 1.2) - and the safety and arming unit (SAU), structural items including body wings, and assembly and testing of the prototype missiles. Jane's understands that the MANSUP rocket motor solution leverages technologies previously developed by Avibras for the 543 kg AV-RE 40 propulsion system designed to re-power Brazilian Exocet MM40 Block Is.

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