Finmeccanica-Selex ES has signed a contract with MBDA France and Sagem to support the development and production of an infrared seeker for the anti-surface guided weapon (heavy) / anti-navire léger (FASGW(H)/ANL) missile.
The agreement was signed at the IDEX 2015 Exhibition, which was recently held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Work on an infrared seeker began in 2013 after pre-contract funding from MBDA. Finmeccanica-Selex ES then delivered the first electronics hardware and a preliminary mathematical model to Sagem.
Development will be followed by a multi-year manufacturing phase.
The MBDA FASGW (H)/ANL is a next-generation, helicopter-launched anti-ship missile being developed by the UK and France for a range of future helicopter platforms.
It will replace legacy systems such as the British Sea Skua and French-developed AS15TT anti-ship missiles.
Designed to provide precise effects against a range of threats, the system integrates a high-speed, two-way data-link that communicates the images 'seen' by the seeker to the operator, who can initiate an autonomous engagement or remain in control of the missile for the duration of the flight.
The weapon is suitable for blue water and cluttered littoral operations, and can engage automatically using sophisticated homing technology or can be operator-controlled, enabling mid-flight re-designation.
It is expected that it will be integrated on the UK Royal Navy's AW159 Lynx Wildcat maritime surveillance and attack helicopters and French Navy's Panther multi-role naval helicopters, as well as the NH90 multi-role aircraft.
Image: The UK-France FASGW (H)/ANL missile on display. Photo: courtesy of Tiraden.