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New submarine defense announced

Oct. 29, 2012 at 8:46 AM

PARIS, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A new submarine defense system to counter air-launched torpedoes has been developed by French defense company DCNS and MBDA.

The system comes in two variants and force attacking aircraft to change tactics and maintain a stand-off distance.

The first variant is mast-mounted and designed for integration into the submarine's sail. It is comprised of a telescopic mast carrying a small turret containing several Mistral short-range, IR-guided missiles.

The second consists of a MICA medium-range air intercept missile in an unmanned undersea vehicle, which is launched from a submarine's torpedo tube.

Both variants are integrated into a submarine's combat management system.

DCNS and MBDA, in announcing their development of the system and its variants, offered no other technical details or its availability.

The companies disclosed the new system at the Euronaval exhibition in Paris.

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