RIO DE JANEIOR, (BM) – The Brazilian Navy test-fired the third and final prototype of the locally developed MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Jane`s.
The missile was fired from one of the two ITL-10 twin missile launchers on board the Niterói-class frigate F Independência (F44) against the hull of the former tugboat RbAM Tridente (R22) in the maritime area between the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Cabo Frio in State of Rio de Janeiro.
The launch was originally due to take place on 18 June against the hull of former Inhaúma-class corvette Cv Inhaúma (V30) but the operation was aborted due to a malfunction with the ammunition canister, supplied by local company Avibras Indústria Aeroespacial.
The first prototype was launched from corvette Cv Barroso (V34) on 27 November 2018 and the second by F Independência on 20 March 2019. The prototypes were fitted with a telemetry warhead developed by SIATT – Engenharia, Indústria e Comércio, comprising an embedded telemetry transceiver and a safe and arming device.
Defence sources have indicated that the navy will procure the first batch of production combat missiles later in the year for delivery from 2020 onwards. The combat variant will be furnished with a 144 kg high-explosive blast/pre-fragmented warhead.
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