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Anglo-French missile completes first test firing

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  1. BMD

    BMD Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Anglo-French_missile_completes_first_test_firing_999.html

    Anglo-French missile completes first test firing
    by Richard Tomkins
    Washington (UPI)

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    MBDA has completed its first test of the Anglo-French Sea Venom/ANL at a firing range in France, the weapons manufacturer has announced.

    The missile, which will replace the British-developed Sea Skua and the French-developed AS15TT missiles on helicopters, was tested late last month using a Dauphin test bed helicopter from DGA, the French defense procurement agency.

    Britain will deploy the weapon on its AW159 Wildcat helicopter, MBDA announced in a news release. France plans to operate the missile from its new Helicoptere Interarmees Leger.

    "The missile trial was a complete success, and is a proud moment for the company and all those involved in the project." Frank Bastart, MBDA's head of the Sea Venom/ANL program, said in the release. "When it enters service Sea Venom/ANL will provide a major increase in capability to the French and U.K. armed forces."

    The two countries ordered the Sea Venom/ANL in 2014. Its development led to the establishment of shared centers of excellence on missile technologies in both countries.

    The missile features "fire-and-forget" capability through its infrared sensors and an optional, operator-in-the-loop, monitor-and-control capability. It can be used against fast attack naval vessels and craft and coastal land targets.
     
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    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    How does it compare to Penguin ?
     
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    It's much faster, no beak and can fly.


    Much smaller and lighter missile.
     
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    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    Any details about the warhead ?
     
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    Penguin is far larger, has a larger warhead and a longer range.

    Penguin is 385kg in weight, 3m in length with the aerial variant having a 130kg warhead and a surface-launched version a 120kg warhead. It's range is 34km for the surface launched variant and 55km for the aerial version. Penguin uses strictly passive forms of guidance (pusle-laser, IR, Home-on-EM). Penguin was designed to sink larger Russian warships.

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    Sea Venom is just 110kg in weight, 2.5m in length and has a warhead of 30kg. Its range is 20-30km and was designed to sink FACs and Corvettes, and damage ships up to frigate class.

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    Sea Venom better compares to Sea Skua, which it's replacing, and has similar performance and size.

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    While Sea Venom is a newer weapon, Penguin dates back to the 70s. It has largely been replaced by newer types. In Norwegian service, with Penguin originating in Norway as well, it's been phased out by the Naval and Joint Strike Missiles, which outclass Penguin by a significant margin.

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    To recap; Penguin is larger, has a longer range and a heavier warhead, but since it's no longer in production and is (or has) being replaced, has a less secure development future. Sea Venom could become more capable then Penguin as it progresses.
     
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