According to Defense-aerospace.com, the Brazilian Navy on Tuesday (November 27) launched the first prototype of the National Anti-Ship Missile (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície, or MANSUP), 300 km/186 miles off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.
The test confirmed the correct functioning of several subsystems, and the need for improvement in some others. Data of its in-flight behavior were recorded by telemetry, also developed in Brazil and, after it is analyzed, will guide the next development steps and launches.
The MANSUP is 5.6 meters/18.4 feet long, weighs about a tonne/2,205 lbs. and accelerates to a speed of 540 knots/621 mph/1,000 km/h in less than seven seconds.
This Strategic Project was started 10 years ago in partnership with several national contractors: AVIBRAS, responsible for the propulsion; SIATT, which develops the guidance system, control and telemetry; OMNISYS, which designs the target detection radar; and the EZUTE Foundation, which assists in coordinating the necessary work.
The data obtained with this launch will allow to continue the evolution of this project developed with exclusively national technology, and which place our country in the select group of manufacturers of missiles of this size.
According to Indústria de Defesa & Segurança, the Brazilian Navy program to initiate the first National Anti-Ship Missile (Míssil Antinavio Nacional, MAN-SUP) developed with national technology is in the early prototype assembly phase. It’s confirmed by the Ezute Foundation, a company involved in the management of the program’s technical requirements.
«The development of the MAN-SUP is a long term project that began in 2010. Today, we are starting the assembly of the first prototypes, and soon will begin their tests», explains Defense director of the foundation, Andrea Silva Hemerly.
In addition to providing the Brazilian Navy with national anti-ship missiles that meet its operational requirements, the MAN-SUP Program aims to ensure Brazil’s dominance and technological autonomy throughout the life cycle of weapons of this class, from development to operation and maintenance, and in partnership with the national defense industry.
The nationalization of weapons components has the support of Ezute Foundation – responsible for managing the technical requirements of the missile, the interface between all subsystems and validation activities of the project components – plus Avibras, Mectron, Omnisys and the Navy’s Technology Center in São Paulo.
«Companies use Ezute’s management platform that provides an integrated view of the enterprise to the participants, and also provide areas reserved for each organization to support the management of their part of the program», says Andrea.