MBDA to Upgrade 45 Exocet Block 2 to Block 3 Missile Standard for the French Navy

Released on Tuesday, January 20, 2009
MM40 Block 3 Exocet
MM40 Exocet
DGA - Délégation Générale pour l'Armement
FREMM - Frégate Européenne Multimissione
GPS - Global Positioning System
The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) notified MBDA in late December 2008 an order for the conversion of 45 Exocet Block2 anti-ship missiles into Block 3 missiles. The missiles will be delivered to the French Navy in 2011 and 2012.

This order follows the contract for the development of the Exocet MM40 Block 3 notified in January 2004. The DGA cleared the Block 3 missile qualification in April 2008.

These missiles will be provided to the Horizon-class frigates on which the work of integrating facilities for firing was also completed in 2008. In the longer term, the MM40 Block 3 will be the main anti-ship missile for the multi-mission frigates (FREMM).

The development of the Exocet Block 3 missile focus on the presence of a turbojet engine that replaces the solid propellant in earlier versions, as well as the integration of latest generation avionics with a GPS receiver. These changes double the range of the missile while allowing a variety of attack angles against a given naval target or to attack targets in the coastal environment utilizing their geographic coordinates.

Source: DGA orders Exocet Block 3

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