Romanian Navy chopper to use MBDA’s Marte ER anti-ship missile

Europe’s MBDA Group has signed a contract with Romanian aerospace company IAR Brasov to support the integration of its Marte ER anti-ship missile onto a maritime helicopter platform for the Romanian Naval Forces, based on the Airbus H215M platform.

The long-range, lightweight Marte ER will provide a state-of-the-art capability to carry out anti-surface warfare missions, allowing the Romanian Navy to protect Romania sovereign interests in the most efficient way, the company said in a press release.

“This contract marks a major step of co-operation between MBDA and the Romanian Armed Forces,” it added.

Arnaud Rousset, Vice-President Europe at MBDA, said: “As the European leader in complex weapon systems, MBDA is the best suited to tackle the challenges faced in Europe by reinforcing European decisive defence capabilities.”

“We are proud to contribute to the Romanian Armed Forces’ strategic autonomy and we will continue to act as a trusted partner by offering a comprehensive portfolio adapted to their current and future needs,” Rousset was quoted in the company statement.

MBDA is set to work in partnership with IAR Brasov and Airbus as well as with the other partners involved to achieve the integration of Marte ER and a full integration at the mission system level.

This agreement marks another achievement for the versatile Marte missile family, known for its integration across various platforms within the Italian Armed Forces and multiple export markets. Marte ER, the newest iteration, boasts advanced capabilities, operating effectively in diverse weather conditions and delivering lethal precision at ranges exceeding 100km. It offers adaptable mission profiles, enabling automatic or manual navigation through waypoints, simultaneous firing, and precision strikes on land targets, equipped with measures to counteract both hard and soft-kill defenses of naval vessels.


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