Italian Navy Selects MBDA Teseo Mk2/E

MBDA Teseo Mk2/E. MBDA

SHAHA ALAM. MBDA will provide the Italian Navy with the new Teseo Evolved Weapon System, namely Teseo Mk2/E. This new generation system builds on the legacy Teseo family, known worldwide as OTOMAT, and will bring a substantial improvement in anti-ship capabilities.

MBDA Teseo Mk2/E. MBDA


Teseo Mk2/E will efficiently engage both sea and land targets at very long range, with full mission control throughout the missile flight. The system will have an innovative integrated mission planning and a new RF seeker, with options for additional features and capabilities in the future.

Teseo Mk2/E is the answer to evolving threats that generate the need to evolve operational requirements. This solution is the result of joint MBDA and Italian Navy technical and programme activities over the past three years that matured the concept of this advanced system.

The Teseo Mk2/E missile system will equip the next generation destroyer (DDX) and could replace the previous Mk2/A version onboard FREMM and Horizon class frigates. The new multi-purpose Offshore Patrol Vessels (PPA – Pattugliatori Polivalenti d’Altura), currently in production, are already fit for Teseo Mk2/E installation in future. In the anti-ship weapon market Teseo Mk2/E will represent a new standard with its very high performance, and will be ready to be tailored for international requirements.

Eric Béranger, CEO of MBDA, declared: “I want here to give a special thanks to Italian Navy, governmental and all MBDA teams who worked hard, also against all disruptions created by the pandemic, to bring this important contract to life. MBDA Group considers Teseo Mk2/E as a major programme and will be fully committed to the successful outcome of this new development. The new Teseo Mk2/E builds on a product line that is well recognised around the world and will support long into the future, the attractiveness of our naval products on export markets”.

Lorenzo Mariani, Executive Group Director Sales and Business Development and Managing Director MBDA Italia, declared: “The Teseo Mk2/E has been defined and designed thanks to an intense collaboration between the Italian Navy and MBDA. This new anti-ship missile will mark a step change in the OTOMAT/Teseo family, keep up with ever evolving threats and feature advanced functions to support the Italian Navy operations that will significantly increase the flexibility and operational value of the Italian Navy surface ships that will be equipped with it. This contract will also help sustain high level skills in a domain of excellence of the Italian defence industry and will contribute to guarantee the sustainability of our company and its suppliers, as well as its Italian employment levels in the years to come”.

Teseo/Otomat MK2A firing from Durand de la Penne destroyer. MBDA

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  1. The last sentence from MBDA makes me smile, because without it, TESEO is a no go for Italy.

    For MAF, want to hit sea and land target at very long range, logically to keep small its logistics et cetera, go for NSM land attack lah.

  2. One of the recent prior attempts at a anti ship missile with an land capability was the German fibre optic Polyphem. It was cancelled. The Iraqis also used Silkworm. Pretty basic guidance; the seeker locked into the largest target.

    The problem with NSM and other ASMs when used for land attack is the missile’s small warhead and the need of the ship (because every of range issues) to get close enough to the target.

  3. What happens to RMN Laksamana class corvettes, without any missiles…

    Out there on patrol

  4. Avibras is developing a 300km cruise missile which can be launched from Astros 2 mrl so if the army is looking for something more hard hitting than 450mm munition then we should go for them.

    They have said the same thing since the last decade or so. Guessing they need a launch customer to fund the development. I don’t think Brazilian Army has a requirement for such a capability

  5. With the LCS in limbo and the possibility of just 2 ships built only (one of the govt options with current funding), maybe it is a good idea to rearm the Laksamana with missiles again. The new Otomat and Aspide is a decent backup and alternatives to our capability gap.


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