- Jan 22, 2006
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Type Radar-guided anti-ship missile.
Development MBDA's Sea Skua Mk 2 next-generation anti-ship missile concept was unveiled at the 2006 Farnborough Air Show, following two years of initial development work. The missile was drawn up to address the Royal Navy's Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) requirement - specifically the FASGW (Heavy) component to provide a successor to the MBDA Sea Skua missile. The Sea Skua Mk 2 shared a name with its predecessor but was essentially an entirely new design. The emergence, also at Farnborough 2006, of the MBDA-led 'Team CW' collaborative guided weapons industry group pointed to the Sea Skua Mk 2 being well positioned for the FASGW competition. However, the FASGW requirement has since moved from being a competitive tender to a joint UK/France programme under MBDA, known as FASGW/ANL, to develop a new common anti-ship weapon for both countries. The Sea Skua Mk 2 was a radar guided weapon but preliminary designs for the successor FASGW/ANL weapon show an EO-guided missile, with a datalink. The basic Sea Skua Mk 2 design has been shelved.Following the FASGW requirement the Sea Skua Mk 2 was intended to equip the Royal Navy's AgustaWestland FutureLynx helicopters. Up to eight missiles can be carried in groups of four on the helicopter's two weapons pylons. The Future Lynx was itself selected in 2006 to meet the Surface Combatant Marine Rotorcraft (SCMR) requirement to replace existing Lynx HMA.Mk 8s. The new FASGW/ANL missile that finally emerges will be effective against ships up to 6,000 tonnes (corvette sized), while
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Attached a picture of the Sea Skua 2