The new cruise missile built for thehas completed the first qualification test firing last week. The naval cruise missile ( or Missile de Croisière Naval) is under development by under contract from the defense armament directorate (Direction Générale de l’Armement) awarded 2006.
It successfully carried out the firing test on July 1st, 2013. The test, representing a vertical launch from a frigate, took place at the’s Biscarrosse missile test centre. MdCN will eventually equip the ’s multi-mission frigates ( ) and its Barracuda submarines.
Featuring a range of several hundred kilometers, MdCN is intended for strikes against targets deep within enemy territory. It complements theair-launched cruise missile from which it is derived. MdCN will comprise one of the strategic weapons carried by surface vessels and submarines.
According to the announcement, the firing scenario was especially demanding as, in addition to meeting range objectives, it also served to validate the missile’s performance with regard to its autonomous terminal navigation using infrared target recognition.