Seawolf Block 2 Successfully Fired for the First Time


Released on Wednesday, October 1, 2003
Sweden
United Kingdom
AIM-132 ASRAAM
Seawolf
Seawolf Block 2
Seawolf VL
Type 22
Type 23
ASRAAM - Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile
IR - InfraRed
MBDA has announced that the Seawolf Block 2 naval point air defense missile has been successfully fired for the first time at the Vidsel missile test range in Sweden.

The Seawolf Block 2, the newest Seawolf missile derivative, will enter service with the Royal Navy in 2005. The Seawolf Block 2 has been designed to operate with existing Seawolf hardware while providing enhanced performance thanks to new technologies developed by MBDA.

Improvements associated with the Seawolf Block 2 missile include a new fuse incorporating IR and RF sensors for better performance against low signature, low flying targets, and a new electronic fin actuation system replacing the gas actuation system, which provides extended range and enhanced maneuverability. Seawolf Block 2 also accommodates high computing multi-chip module originally developed for the ASRAAM missile.

The Seawolf Block 2 missile will be provided in both configurations conventional launch (ramp) and vertical launch (VLS). Production deliveries are scheduled for 2005, with VL Seawolf supplied to Type 23 frigates and conventional launch Seawolf to Type 22 Batch 3 frigates.

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