French Navy Orders Exocet Block 3 Missiles


Released on Tuesday, February 10, 2004
France
AM39 Exocet
FREMM ASM
Horizon
MM40 Block 3 Exocet
MM40 Exocet
Rafale M
The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) awarded MBDA a development and procurement contract for the Exocet MM40 Block 3 anti-ship/attack missile.

This contract also provides funding for integration of the air-launcher AM39 anti-ship missile onto Rafale M multi-role fighter. There is option to upgrade extensive MM 40 Block 2 missiles deployed by the French Navy to the Block 3 standard.

The MM40 Exocet Block 3 will offers extended range (up to 180 km / +96 nm), vertical launch compatibility, operation in littoral environment, coastal targets attack capability and other enhancements over previous Exocet models. A new turbojet propulsion system will provide the extended range required by the newest Exocet variant.

The new missile will be installed on surface combatants and would be fully compatible with new generation vessels such as Horizon class destroyers and FREMM class frigates.

The initial operational capability of Exocet Block 3 missile within the French Navy is planned for 2006. Export customers would also take benefit from Exocet Block 3 upgrade.

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