New Order for Guided Weapons Still Leaves RN With Capability Gap

IMG_4085 IMG_4074ABritain and France Commit to FASGW(H)

Britain is to contribute £280m in the development of the 100kg the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) (FASGW(H)) with France contributing the balance of the $830 million (£500-million) joint investment into MBDA’s helicopter launched anti-ship missile, which is alternatively known as the Anti-Navire Leger (Light Anti-Ship) or ANL in France.



The weapon is one of the two principal weapons that will be carried on the Lynx Wildcat and it`s expected to enter service during 2020, the weapon is intend as a replacement for the RNs Sea Skua which it was originally planned to withdrawn from service in 2015. The Lynx Wildcat alternative missile strike weapon the FASGW (Light) which is being developed by Thales has still to be ordered and again it is not likely to enter service until 2020 leaving the Wildcat with a significant gap it its offensive capability against small and medium maritime targets, particularly fast attack craft between 50-500 tons.

The French Navy are intending to deploy the weapon aboard their AS565 Panther helicopters and later with its NH90 NFHs.