Successful launch for the Exocet MM40 Block 3c anti-ship missile from the FREMM DA Alsace frigate


Successful launch by the French Navy of MBDA's latest generation Exocet 40 Block 3c (MM40 B3c) anti-ship missile, carried out from the Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM DA) Alsace, off the coast of the DGA missile test area of 'Ile du Levant, 20 September 2023.

The Exocet MM40 B3c is a latest generation missile from MBDA's Exocet family of anti-ship missiles, which can be integrated onto a wide range of platforms including surface ships, submarines, fighters, helicopters and coastal batteries. Previous versions of the Exocet are in service with numerous navies around the world.

The B3c generation benefits from the subsequent evolutions of the Exocet, created during its operational life. The Exocet MM40 B3c includes all the features for which the Exocet missile is known, in particular the ability to be used in all weather conditions and great flexibility of use. Furthermore, this latest version of the missile benefits from new seeker technology and the development of new algorithms, designed to respond to the latest operational requirements of naval warfare.

MBDA CEO Eric Béranger said: “I am extremely proud of the success of this operational evaluation launch of the Exocet MM40 B3c, delivered by the multi-mission frigate Alsace. The test demonstrates the new capabilities of the latest generation of the missile, whose major developments keep it at the forefront in high-intensity environments. The Exocet is truly iconic for MBDA, and this success is further proof of the skills and technical excellence of the people at MBDA. I want to thank the DGA and the French National Navy for this launch."

MBDA has continued to develop the Exocet since it entered service. This allowed the missile to be adapted to new conflict conditions while maintaining, at the same time, its exceptional ability to operate in all weather conditions.

The MM40 B3c is the answer to new conflicts2, which present an evolving spectrum of threats, particularly in high-intensity combat in complex electronic warfare environments.