Sea Venom / ANL anti-ship missile is being tested


Sea Venom / ANL missile after reset


Recently, the European international company MBDA published data on recent tests of the promising anti-ship missile Sea Venom / Anti-Navire Léger. This was the third test launch of such a product, the purpose of which was to verify operation on one of the combat modes. Experienced RCC successfully coped with the task and hit the target. These events bring the moment of adoption of Sea Venom / ANL into service.

Third launch


The latest launch at the moment - the third in the framework of the flight test program - took place on February 20 at the French marine training ground near about. Levan (Mediterranean Sea). The events involved an Airbus AS365 Dauphin helicopter, which is the standard carrier of anti-ship missiles, the missile itself and the floating target.

The rocket was launched from the minimum permitted height. After that, the product gained speed and reached a cruising height, not more than a few meters above the surface of the water. At the final section of the trajectory, the operation of control systems was checked. An infrared homing head monitored the water area and transmitted data to the complex operator. He found a training target and sent RCC at it. The missile successfully captured the target and showed high accuracy.


Engine starting

The MBDA press release notes that so far, there have been three test launches, including the last. In all cases, experienced Sea Venom / ANL anti-ship missiles confirmed their ability to fly at a low altitude above the sea, and also demonstrated three GOS operating modes that provide greater flexibility of use.

Goals and objectives


The aim of the Sea Venom / Anti-Navire Léger project is to create a promising light anti-ship missile for use on various platforms. While the product is being developed only for use by marine helicopters aviationbut in the future the range of carriers will expand. The missile is designed to destroy a variety of surface targets and coastal in various conditions.

In developing the rocket, the specifics of recent armed conflicts were taken into account. In this regard, much attention was paid to the defeat of small-sized targets with a small displacement. Thanks to this, it is alleged that RCC Sea Venom / ANL can successfully attack and destroy a wide range of targets, ranging from small boats. Effective defeat and incapacitation of targets up to corvettes is provided. Larger ships Sea Venom / ANL deals significant damage.


A moment before the target is hit

The possibility of effective work and target search in difficult conditions, for example, in the presence of active maritime traffic, is declared. The solution to such problems is simplified due to the presence of several operating modes of the GOS and autopilot.

Technical features


Sea Venom / ANL is a single-stage solid-fuel rocket designed to launch from a helicopter carrier. It has a cylindrical body of large elongation with a series of protruding parts and two sets of planes. The total length of the anti-ship missiles is 2,5 m with a case diameter of 200 mm. Starting weight in the current configuration is 110 kg.

The missile is equipped with a multi-mode infrared seeker, the operation of which has already been tested in practice. An IIR type head with an uncooled matrix is ​​capable of taking a target for auto tracking before dropping from the carrier or after the start of the flight. These application methods weapons were tested during two previous test launches. The ability of a rocket to independently reach a given area has also been demonstrated, after which the operator remotely finds and assigns a target for the attack.

GOS has the ability to target a specific area of ​​the target, due to which it is possible to increase the effectiveness of the attack. An autopilot is able to launch a rocket at a minimum height and carry out an attack aboard or make a “slide” and hit a target from the upper hemisphere.


Panther helicopter and experimental rocket involved in the second test launch

Sea Venom / ANL carries a warhead weighing 30 kg. The type of this product is not specified; a penetrating high-explosive charge is probably used. Such warheads are designed to defeat watercraft with a displacement of up to 450-500 tons or certain ground targets.

The missile is equipped with a solid-fuel engine with unnamed parameters. Cruising flight speed is defined as “high subsonic”. Range - “out of line of sight”, approx. 20 km

An important feature of the Sea Venom / ANL project is the minimization of operating costs. The set of tools and infrastructure for the use of such weapons is partly borrowed from existing anti-ship missiles, which are in service with the UK Navy and the French Navy.

Helicopters in the arsenal of the British and French fleets are now considered as carriers of promising anti-ship missiles. Such equipment has already been used as part of flight tests of missiles and has confirmed its capabilities. MBDA also claims that Sea Venom / ANL can be used by a number of other modern helicopters of European and foreign design.


AW159 helicopter with Sea Venom / ANL rocket

Design work is underway to create a land complex based on helicopter anti-ship missiles. The possibility of developing a ship complex with the same weapons was not revealed. Perhaps such a modification of the rocket was considered unnecessary.

From project to re-equipment


The Sea Venom / Anti-Navire Léger project was launched in 2014 and is being developed in the interests of the fleets of the two countries. It was expected that the new weapons will enter service in 2021 and replace existing models. In the future, the terms were adjusted. The date of the adoption of anti-ship missiles was shifted to the right by a year.

Design work took about three years, and in June 2017 the first test launch from the AS365 helicopter took place. In May 2018, the second tests were conducted, this time the AS565 Panther helicopter became the carrier of the rocket. A few weeks ago passed the third test. Will there be new launches, and when they take place - not specified.

According to current plans, in the coming years, the Sea Venom / ANL anti-ship missiles will go into service with Great Britain and France. In the Royal Navy, the missile will be used under the name Sea Venom and will become a replacement for the obsolete anti-ship missile system Sea Scua. The latter was developed in the seventies and entered service in 1982. To date, this missile is outdated and needs to be replaced.


Rocket launch with AW159

The French Navy designates its future weapon as Anti-Navire Léger and plans to replace it with existing AS15TT anti-ship missiles. These products have been in operation for 35 years and no longer meet modern requirements.

In the future, the emergence of new contracts for the supply of modern missiles. The obsolete Sea Scua and AS15TT are in service with several foreign countries, which may show interest in the modern model. British RCCs are used by Brazil, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey and South Korea. France supplied its RCC to Bahrain, Israel, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Chile.

Some of these countries are keen to upgrade their arsenals and may therefore be interested in the new Sea Venom / ANL missile. The compatibility of old and new missile systems for a number of components may be an additional argument in favor of the purchase.

Modern replacement


The expected completion of the Sea Venom / ANL project in the near future will allow France and the United Kingdom to re-equip naval helicopters. It is planned to keep light short-range anti-ship missiles in the arsenals, but the existing samples are considered obsolete. To replace them, a new sample is created, successfully passing the tests.

The prospects for the Sea Venom / ANL project are broadly understood. In the near future, the KVMF of Great Britain and the French Navy will conclude contracts with MBDA, after which serial production and re-equipment will begin. What will be the export future of the project will become known later if foreign orders appear.
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  1. svp67 16 March 2020 18: 07 New
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    Such warheads are designed to defeat boats with a displacement of up to 450-500 tons or certain ground targets.
    They are going to drown the boat CATERA? Apparently with migrants
    1. Stalllker 16 March 2020 18: 46 New
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      I, too, such a first thought slipped
    2. knn54 16 March 2020 18: 49 New
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      Today there are too many pirates. Well, against the "mosquito fleet" is good.
    3. donavi49 16 March 2020 19: 02 New
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      Well, in Theory, the couple will drown MRK. Especially the first Karakurt. Everything is bad there, from the air defense, only two 630M + AK176 landmines with an explosion will try to create a veil. There are minimum coverage areas.



      The modernized ones are also killed with a bang, because the ancient OSA did not take such a goal, but nothing more.


      Any carrier. That is, the mosquito fleet can be controlled with improvised means and cheaply. Cheaper to build this fleet.
      1. TermNachTer 16 March 2020 19: 54 New
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        Vague doubts torment me. If the speed is subsonic, then the new Wasp will take the rocket in the teeth for pennants. In general, the meaning of creating such a missile is incomprehensible when the fleets and the European Air Force have several similar missiles in service.
        1. svp67 16 March 2020 19: 58 New
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          Quote: TermNachTER
          The European Air Force has several similar missiles.

          And can they be used from light helicopters? Judging by the photo, this one is YES
          1. TermNachTer 16 March 2020 21: 26 New
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            There is Sea Skua with almost the same characteristics, some AS - 15T, Italian Marta 2. So what is available. I would like to know how much this replacement "sewed on soap" cost?
        2. donavi49 16 March 2020 20: 35 New
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          Altitude. She does not close this line of 5 meters or less. MANPADS - this is already Russian roulette with ammunition through one, as well as to hit them with high-explosive explosives.
        3. Avior 17 March 2020 01: 18 New
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          The main enemy of the RCC in real combat is not air defense, but the electronic warfare of the ship.
          Therefore, the question is in the quality of the GOS RCC work, and not in formal indicators of speed or range.
      2. svp67 16 March 2020 19: 57 New
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        Quote: donavi49
        Well, in Theory, the couple will drown MRK. Especially the first Karakurt.

        Given that the "Karakut" "Caliber" having a firing range of several hundred kilometers, and this RCC has
        Range - “out of line of sight”, approx. 20 km
        I think that they’re not doing it against the MKR, but against the amphibious assault forces.
        1. donavi49 16 March 2020 20: 34 New
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          Well, we have to go to the launch line. Again, what thread Branderburg can use a helicopter to try to pick up the sphero-window RTOs going to attack it even before the launch line, using its own helicopter.

          Well, again, a bunch of carriers. You can helicopters. You can planes. You can boat boats. You can cars.

          Iran also, it has all its stake on such a fleet. Just the optimal rocket.


          1. Avior 17 March 2020 01: 14 New
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            That was the case during the war with Iraq
            The main part of the Iraqi fleet was melt by helicopters, not giving them a chance to try to conduct an attack
    4. Avior 16 March 2020 19: 54 New
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      Mosquito fleet, for example
    5. mvg
      mvg 16 March 2020 21: 44 New
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      BOATS gathered to drown

      Well, why not? Remember the Arab-Israeli wars ... boats and corvettes fought on the water. Iran and Skorea also have mostly boats ... Well, in order to fight with destroyers, helicopters alone are not enough. And so, defenseless boats, RTOs, corvettes ... transports
  2. fa2998 16 March 2020 20: 09 New
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    Quote: svp67
    They are going to drown the boat CATERA? Apparently with migrants

    A modern large ship has a lot of fragile and very important antennas, launchers, aircraft on deck, etc. It will not sink, but its combat efficiency will be lowered. Yes, and not large, for a medium or large UAV, 1-2 is possible. And if from different azimuths? Moreover, the current day "hang" in the sky, here's a target designation. hi hi
  3. Boratsagdiev 16 March 2020 20: 33 New
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    Almost old X-29 ...
  4. Al_lexx 16 March 2020 21: 57 New
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    Drone, side view. The speed is low, the launch range is ridiculous, control is partially over the air. Against targets that do not have any adequate air defense and electronic warfare.
    In short, to drown pirates and about cockroaches.