By Luca Peruzzi
The 1:1 model of the MBDA Teseo Mk2/E antiship missile with land attack capabilities was unveiled this morning during the first day of the seventh edition of the Seafuture naval exhibition. The unveiling ceremony was attended by the Italian Minister of Defence, Lorenzo Guerini, the Chief of the Italian Navy, Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone and Lorenzo Mariani, Executive Group Director Sales and Business Development and Managing Director MBDA Italia, at the presence of national and international defence delegations’ representatives.
To satisfy Italian Navy requirements, MBDA Italia conceived a completely new long-range weapon system with an advanced dual-mode homing head and a state-of-the-art scalable warhead, relying on an advanced mission planning system, with a full mission control of the missile flight.
MBDA received a contract in late November 2020, which EDR On-Line understood covering the design, development, testing, qualification and industrialization of the new weapon system as part of the first phase of the programme. It will last 6/7 years up to the missile industrialization milestone.
Building on the family of legacy Teseo anti-ship missiles with land-attack capabilities, known worldwide as Otomat, alongside present and future technology insertions, the new missile is being developed, and in the future will be produced, by MBDA Italia at its ASuW weapon system centre of excellence in La Spezia, which in the past gave life and support to the Otomat, Marte Mk2 and more recently Marte ER missiles families. The other two MBDA Italia’s sites, Rome and Fusaro are involved in the development of the guidance seeker.
To view the video of the unveiling please click HERE
Photos courtesy MBDA and L. Peruzzi