Air­bus Mil­i­tary C295 demon­strates re­lease of Marte mis­sile


Air­bus Mil­i­tary and MBDA have suc­cess­fully demon­strated the re­lease of an in­stru­mented Marte MK2/S an­ti­ship in­ert mis­sile in­stalled un­der the wing of the C295 mar­itime patrol air­craft. This flight was the last of a se­ries of tri­als per­formed in a joint Air­bus Mil­i­tary – MBDA col­lab­o­ra­tion to val­i­date the aero­dy­namic in­te­gra­tion of Marte on C295, its han­dling qual­i­ties and per­for­mance tests.

The in­stal­la­tion of weapons un­der the wings pro­vides new op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the C295 MPA al­low­ing the air­craft to per­form new mis­sions de­manded by cus­tomers. In the anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare (ASW) role, the C295 is al­ready in-ser­vice car­ry­ing the MK46 tor­pedo.

This suc­cess­ful trial pro­vides fur­ther proof of the op­er­a­tional ver­sa­til­ity of the Marte mis­sile and clearly es­tab­lishes it as the bench­mark weapon in the medium weight anti-ship mis­sile sec­tor.

The MBDA Marte MK2/S mis­sile is a fire- and-for­get, all-weather, medium-range seaskim­ming anti-ship weapon sys­tem, equipped with in­er­tial mid-course guid­ance and radar hom­ing ter­mi­nal guid­ance, and ca­pa­ble of de­stroy­ing small ves­sels and heav­ily dam­ag­ing ma­jor ves­sels. The mis­sile has a weight of 310 kg and is 3.85 me­tres long.

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