Qatari Emiri Navy equipping its fleet of four Vosper Thorneycroft Vita Class patrol boats with Exocet MM40 Block 3 missiles

April 27, 2010
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The Qatari Emiri Navy is equipping its fleet of four Vosper Thorneycroft Vita Class patrol boats with Exocet MM40 Block 3 missiles, the global missile systems company MBDA has said. The new Exocet MM40 Block 3 will be able to strike a target designated by its geographical coordinates, while remaining compatible with existing MM40 launchers. “The missile development project is in line with our development plan to update the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces,” Staff Brigadier Mohamed Bin Nasser Al Mohannadi, the Commander of the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces (QENF), said. “It is an integrated project which includes training officers and other navy personnel to deal with modernised missile systems, the development of missile launcher systems and updating with the latest technology,” he said.

Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA, lauded the Qatari Emiri Navy decision. “In choosing Exocet MM40 Block 3, the Qatari Emiri Navy is not only opting for the most modern of anti-ship capabilities, it is also maximising its past investment in the Exocet family as well as benefiting from all the advantages associated with a weapon series that has achieved sales of 3,500 units around the world,” he said.

         

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