The Brazilian Navy is looking to purchase a pre-production batch of 10 MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) combat surface-to-surface anti-ship missiles, an industry source familiar with the programme recently told Jane’s .
The navy wants to sign a contract in late 2019 and begin production in early 2020, the source added. Unlike earlier test missiles, this tranche of missiles will be the first to include a warhead.
Two qualification missiles, which also are designated as prototypes, fitted with a telemetry unit were launched in November 2018 and March 2019 from Barroso (V34) corvette and Niterói-class frigate Independência (F44), respectively. The third prototype is scheduled for launch in June from a yet undefined surface ship.
The missile is being developed in four different phases, which started in 2009, by a team formed by the Brazilian Navy and local privately-owned companies Fundação Ezute, Avibras Indústria Aeroespacial, SIATT Engenharia, Indústria e Comércio, and Omnisys Engenharia. The Navy Technological Center in São Paulo (CTMSP) was responsible for developing the inertial measurement unit (IMU).
The supplier of the high-explosive blast and pre-fragmented warhead is yet to be identified, Jane’s was told.
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