The French DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement) has carried out the first full firing of the MdCN naval cruise missile. The test, which took place on 9th July 2012 at the "DGA Essais de missiles" test centre in Biscarosse, was representative of a firing from a frigate. All the objectives were achieved, notably the validation of the missile's terminal phase with its autonomous guidance using infrared scene recognition. This guidance mode permits the missile to strike targets with an exceptional degree of precision. MdCN will equip the European FREMM multi-mission frigates as of 2014 and the Barracuda submarines in around 2017. Benefiting from a range of several hundred kilometres, MdCN is intended for the carrying out of deep strikes within enemy territory. It complements the air-launched SCALP cruise missile from which it is derived. Carried on combat vessels positioned at a safe distance and for extended periods within international waters, overtly (frigates) or covertly (submarines), MdCN is ideally suited for the destruction of high strategic value infrastructure targets. The DGA notified MBDA of the MdCN contract at the end of 2006.
Source: FIRST FULL FIRING OF MBDA'S MdCN MISSILE IS A SUCCESS
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