Air-Launched Weapons

MBDA completes first Sea Venom/ANL qualification firing

06 March 2020

European missile house MBDA, in collaboration with the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), has conducted the first qualification firing of the new Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) helicopter-launched anti-ship missile.

Performed on 20 February at DGA Essais de Missiles Centre at the Ile du Levant in the Mediterranean, the test saw a test missile successfully strike a representative surface target.

Being developed for the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Wildcat HMA2 helicopter and the French Navy’s H160M Guepard helicopter, Sea Venom/ANL is a 110 kg-class high-subsonic missile (carrying a 30 kg semi-armour piercing blast/fragmentation warhead) designed to disable targets from fast-attack craft up to corvette size, and also offer a capability against coastal and land targets.

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