MARTE MK2/A Tweet
MEDIUM RANGE, LIGHTWEIGHT
ANTI-SHIP MISSILE SYSTEM
- All weather capability
- Fire and Forget
- Littoral and blue water
- Sea skimmer missile flight
- Terminal attack manoeuvre
The MARTE family was born with the helicopter version MK2/S fully qualified in 2006 on the AW 101. Today integration on NH 90 has been completed. MARTE MK2/A is the new member of the MARTE family which is designed to equip light combat aircraft.
The missile is a medium range anti-ship missile designed to meet operational requirements in complex littoral environments and in blue water scenarios. The mission planning capability is improved in order to minimise operator workload in operational use and to give the best success probability against low and medium size vessels.
For the MARTE MK2/S helicopter version the MARTE MK2/A missile will maintain the same mechanical and electrical interfaces with the platform and the same vertical separation concept, except that the two acceleration boosters will be reduced in thrust due to the fact the firing speed of the aircraft is the same order of magnitude as the cruise speed of the missile.
The safe separation will be achieved by a launcher which, during the firing sequence, releases and pushes the missile downwards, using stored energy, and gives the missile a vertical velocity of some meter per seconds.