MBDA has been awarded a contract to supply the new Teseo Evolved Weapon System, dubbed Teseo Mk2/E, to the Italian Navy.

Globally known as OTOMAT, this new generation system develops on the legacy ‘Teseo’ family. It will offer a ‘substantial’ enhancement in anti-ship capabilities.

Teseo Mk2/E is designed to defeat sea and land targets at longer ranges and maintains complete mission control during the missile flight.

The system’s future updates include options for additional features and capabilities and an integrated mission planning and a new radio frequency (RF) seeker.

The concept of this advanced system is a result of the joint technical and programme activities by MBDA and the Italian Navy.

According to MBDA, the Teseo Mk2/E missile system will be installed on the ‘next-generation’ destroyer (DDX).

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It is likely to replace the previous Mk2/A version aboard the ‘FREMM and Horizon-class frigates’.

The new multi-purpose offshore patrol vessels (PPA – Pattugliatori Polivalenti d’Altura), which are currently under production, are ready to be equipped with Teseo Mk2/E in future.

MBDA Italia Executive Group Sales and Business Development director and managing director Lorenzo Mariani said: “This new anti-ship missile will mark a step change in the OTOMAT/Teseo family, keep up with ever evolving threats and feature advanced functions to support the Italian Navy operations that will significantly increase the flexibility and operational value of the Italian Navy surface ships that will be equipped with it.

“This contract will also help sustain high level skills in a domain of excellence of the Italian defence industry and will contribute to guarantee the sustainability of our company and its suppliers, as well as its Italian employment levels in the years to come.”