European missiles developer MBDA has secured a new contract to deliver additional Marte MK2 / N anti-ship missiles to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navy.
The current deal is a follow-on to the earlier contract signed in February 2009 for the delivery of Marte missiles to the UAE Navy.
MBDA chief executive officer Antoine Bouvier said: “I am delighted that the UAE has confirmed the trust placed in MBDA for its defence requirements.
“MBDA is one of the country’s leading defence suppliers, and we will continue to show our long-standing commitment and support to the UAE Armed Forces.”
Each high-speed multi-role combat vessel will be deployed with four box launchers for MBDA Marte Mk 2 / N guided missiles.
The MBDA missiles are capable of striking targets at ranges of more than 30km ,and can fly a fire-and-forget sea-skimming profile using midcourse inertial guidance and active radar homing.
MBDA Strategy executive group director and MBDA Italia managing director Pasquale Di Bartolomeo said: “This new contract reaffirms MBDA pre-eminence in the anti-ship sector and it is a clear proof of the technology leadership of the Marte missile family that, over the years, has continued to be competitive and able to respond to increasing customer requirements, thanks to its modular design.”
The medium-range lightweight anti-ship missile Marte MK2 / N can be easily integrated as a new build or retro-fit, and is suitable for use on a wide range of naval combat vessels from 25m to 50m.
Image: MBDA to deliver Marte MK2/N anti-ship missiles to UAE Navy. Photo: courtesy of MBDA.