Italy has joined the Franco-British Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) program.
The choice was revealed throughout a gathering on Tuesday between the Italian Minister of Protection Guido Crosetto and his French counterpart Sebastien Lecornu, La Tribune reported.
Authorities from the three international locations later signed a letter of intent for the challenge on the sidelines of the Paris Air Present the identical day, the French outlet added.
France and the UK launched the FC/ASW program in 2017 to exchange the Exocet and Harpoon anti-ship missiles operational within the British and French navies and the air-launched Storm Shadow/SCALP cruise missile with the British and French air forces, beginning in 2028.
The following-generation missile program is presently pursuing two complementary missile ideas: a subsonic, low-observable idea and a supersonic, extremely maneuverable idea.
“These ideas are to fulfill the necessities of France and the UK and can present a game-changing functionality to beat land-based and maritime threats, hardened targets and air protection methods, at very lengthy ranges and in more and more contested battle area environments,” MBDA said in 2022.
The ramjet-powered MBDA missile is anticipated to weigh round 800 kilograms (1,763 kilos) with a payload of three 200-kilogram (441 kilos) and two 50-kilogram (110 kilos) warheads.
The warheads will have the ability to strike a goal collectively for a concentrated impression or be ejected from a lateral bay to strike a number of targets.