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MBDA has received a contract from the Egyptian Navy for the VL MICA New Generation (NG) air defence system to equip its GOWIND class corvettes. Officially launched in October 2020, the system is based on the integration of the MICA NG missile into the existing VL MICA point and close area air defence system.

The VL MICA NG system offers improved capabilities to handle atypical targets (UAVs, small aircraft), as well as future threats characterised by increasingly low observable infrared and radio frequency signatures. Additionally, VL MICA NG will be able to intercept ‘conventional’ targets (aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles and anti-ship missiles) at longer distances.

The Egyptian Navy already equips its four GOWIND class corvettes, recently procured from the French Naval Group shipyards, with systems from the VL MICA family.

Jack Richardson