CLEARANCE: Top Secret
- Apr 16, 2008
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Trainable mounts would make no sense for MM40 -- one of its main selling points was the ability to turn though 90 degrees once it left the launcher, sharply reducing the need to point the ship or launcher at the target.Thorvic said:Possibly they were considering the MM40 Exocet on a trainable mount to replace the rather bulky fixed MM-39 canisters as those atke up rather alot of space for just four missiles.
IMO, this is probably just an artist's best guess at what the MM40 launcher would look like done a year or two before it was finalized. The rather tall pedestal base and low angle installation are really not that different from the typical RN installation for MM38; it's very reminiscent of the mount in the Exocet Leander, for instance (see attached). In reality, the MM40 launcher turned out to be less extensive, but still at a lower angle than the Harpoon Mk141 launcher.
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