MBDA has conducted the second test-firing of its Marte ER anti-ship missile at the PISQ (Poligono Interforze del Salto di Quirra) test range in Sardinia.
During the test firing, the missile pushed its envelope to the limit with several major maneuvers including very low sea-skimming at very high speed and the floating target was hit with an “almost zero” miss distance after a flight of about 100 km.
Hitting the target confirmed the perfect behavior of the missile and the telemetry system recorded a huge amount of data and the flight data showed very good alignment with simulation outcomes, according to a company statement.
This firing confirmed the overall design and performance of the missile marking a critical milestone in its development path, the statement added.
Compared to the first firing, which took place at the end of 2018, several additional features and functionalities were tested. These included an integrated navigation system, proximity fly-over fuze, with weapon controller and actuation system in advanced configuration. The missile also featured the terminal guidance with a new seeker, engineered and developed by the MBDA Seeker Division.
Marte ER represents the 3rd generation within the MARTE family of missile systems and is derived from MARTE MK2/S which is already in service with the Italian Navy on its NFH90 and AW101 helicopters. The main difference between the two lies in the introduction of a turbo engine in place of the rocket motor.
With over 100km range, Marte ER multi-platform anti-ship missile (AShM) provides superior long-range anti-ship capabilities for naval vessels, coastal batteries, maritime patrol aircraft and fast jets.
The program is progressing at full speed in order to meet customers’ requirements and the full integration of Marte ER on the Eurofighter Typhoon platform is proceeding at pace in order to implement an anti-ship capability onto the fighter.