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MBDA UK has been awarded a $58.4m contract for a new naval helicopter anti-ship missile, as part of a collaborative missile development effort by the UK and France.

The 27-month assessment phase contract announced at this year’s Defence Systems & Equipment International show in London, is worth £35m .

The new weapon is expected to meet requirements for the UK’s future anti-surface guided weapon and France’s ANL (anti-navire léger) and will replace their current Sea Skua and AS15TT missiles from around 2015.

The anti-ship missile is expected to replace the Royal Navy’s Sea Skua, lightweight short-range air-to-surface missile, and the French anti-shipping AS15TT missiles by 2015. the system will be installed on helicopters such as the AgustaWestland Lynx Wildcat and NH Industries NH90.

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The UK Ministry of Defence said the work will be carried out in the UK and France, using industries within their respective supply chains.