MBDA’s Exocet MM40 B3c Demonstrates Exceptional Performance in Successful French Navy Firing

In a significant milestone, the French navy conducted a successful firing of the latest iteration of MBDA’s Exocet missile – the Mer-Mer 40 Block 3c (MM40 B3c). This test, executed from the versatile Alsace frigate (FREMM DA) off the coast of the DGA missile test center (DGA EM) at Ile du Levant, showcased the missile’s cutting-edge capabilities.


The MM40 B3c represents the pinnacle of MBDA’s Exocet family of anti-ship missiles, designed for seamless integration across a diverse range of platforms, including surface ships, submarines, fast jets, helicopters, and coastal batteries. Previous versions of the Exocet missile are currently in active service with multiple navies worldwide.


Building on the success of its predecessors, the B3c generation incorporates a host of advancements, including state-of-the-art seeker technology and specialized algorithms tailored to meet the latest operational demands of anti-ship warfare. It retains the renowned all-weather capability and adaptability that have defined the Exocet missile series.


Eric Béranger, CEO of MBDA, expressed his pride in the successful test, stating, “I am extremely proud of the success of this operational evaluation firing of the Exocet MM40 B3c, performed from the multi-mission Alsace frigate. It proves the new capabilities of the missile’s latest generation, whose major developments keep it at the forefront in a high-intensity context. Exocet is a real symbol for MBDA, and this success is further proof of the skill and technical excellence of MBDA’s people. I would also like to thank the DGA and French navy for this firing.”


Since its introduction into service, MBDA has continuously enhanced the Exocet missile, allowing it to adapt to evolving battlefield conditions while maintaining its exceptional all-weather performance. The Exocet MM40 B3c exemplifies MBDA’s response to emerging conflicts in dynamically changing threat environments, particularly in high-intensity combat scenarios involving complex electronic warfare.




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