Exocet tested with Brazilian motor

May 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM
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PARIS, May 11 (UPI) -- A French Exocet anti-ship missile powered by a motor developed and produced by a Brazilian company was successfully tested recently.

MBDA Missile Systems, maker of the weapon, said the test was conducted by the Brazilian navy in an exercise that "represents the country's autonomy in obtaining anti-ship missile motors."

The motor was made by Avibras, in collaboration with MBDA.

"This test reinforces our strategic partnership with Brazil, a prominent power in the global geopolitical arena," said Patrick de La Reveliere, vice president of MBDA's export sales division.

The test involved the use of an Exocet MM40 and demonstrated the performance of the engine, which could be used on other missiles as well. No warhead was used. Instead the Exocet warhead was replaced by a Brazilian-made telemetry unit that provided real-time measurement of the velocity, pressure and cruise trajectory.

MBDA said the test was part of the MM40 missile renovation and operational maintenance program the two companies are collaborating on and is also part of MBDA's effort for long-term cooperation with local industry.

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