Marte MK2/S Anti-Ship Missile Release Trial From Airbus Military C295
Airbus Military and MBDA have successfully demonstrated the release
of an instrumented Marte MK2/S anti-ship inert missile installed under
the wing of the C295
maritime patrol aircraft. This flight was the last of a series
of trials performed in a joint Airbus Military – MBDA collaboration
to validate the aerodynamic integration of Marte on C295, its handling
qualities and performance tests.
The installation of weapons
under the wings provides new operational capabilities to the C295
MPA allowing the aircraft to perform new missions demanding by the
customers. In the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) role, the C295 is already
in-service carrying the MK46 torpedo.
This successful trial provides further proof of the operational versatility
of the Marte missile and clearly establishes it as the benchmark weapon
in the medium weight anti-ship missile sector.
The Marte Mk2/S is already integrated on the AW-101 and the NFH (Naval
NH90) helicopters in service with the Italian Navy and integration
activities for the Marte ER on the Eurofighter Typhoon are currently
The MBDA Marte MK2/S missile is a fire-and-forget, all-weather, medium-range
sea-skimming anti-ship weapon system, equipped with inertial mid-course
guidance and radar homing terminal guidance, and capable of destroying
small vessels and heavily damaging major vessels. The missile has
a weight of 310 kg and is 3.85 m long.