At DEFEA 2021, defense exhibition in Greece, MBDA offers a mobile coastal defense system based on an 8×8 military truck chassis equipped with a container launch unit with four canisters for the French-built Exocet anti-ship missile.
Scale model of the MBDA Exocet mobile coastal defense system at DEFEA 2021, the international defense exhibition in Greece. (Image source Army Reconnaissance)
The Exocet mobile coastal defense system provides rapidly relocatable, vehicle-mounted capabilities to deny access to surface threats in coastal and strategic areas. The system is based on the latest version of the EXOCET MM40 BLOCK 3 missile which is in service in several navies around the world.
The Block 3 missile accepts waypoint commands from the GPS guidance system, allowing it to attack naval targets from different angles and strike land targets, giving it a marginal role as a missile. ground attack. The Block 3 Exocet is lighter than the previous MM40 Block 2 Exocet.
The EXOCET MM40 BLOCK 3 is further enhanced by the precision of its new navigation package which allows optimized 3D approach paths and terminal attacks from different azimuths at a very low shaving altitude. Terminal guidance relies on a sophisticated J-band active RF finder to discriminate and select targets at sea and on GPS accuracy for nearshore targets.
The EXOCET MM40 BLOCK 3 missile has a weight of 780 kg, a length of less than 6 m and a diameter of 350 mm. The missile has an effective operational range of 200 km.
The Exocet mobile coastal defense system includes its own sensors (radar, EOS, AIS) for stand-alone operations and / or connection to a larger C3I system. A battery consists of a mobile sensor unit, a mobile control unit and two mobile firing units each with 4 missiles.