New long-range anti-ship missile for Italian Navy

MBDA Teseo Mk2/E anti-ship missile for Italy's multi-purpose Pattugliatori Polivalenti d'Altura OPVs.

17 March 2021

MBDA's new Teseo Evolved Weapon System, or Teseo Mk2/E subsonic long range anti-ship missile will be supplied to the Italian Navy. The next-generation system builds on the legacy Teseo family, known worldwide as OTOMAT, and will bring a substantial improvement, engaging both sea and land targets at long range, with full mission control throughout the missile's flight.

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. Italy's new multi-purpose Offshore Patrol Vessels (PPA - Pattugliatori Polivalenti d'Altura), currently in production with Fincantieri, are already prepped for fitting of the Teseo Mk2/E missile in future. In the anti-ship weapon market, MBDA says the Teseo Mk2/E represents a new standard of performance, and can be tailored for international requirements.

The system will have integrated mission planning and a new radio frequency seeker, with options for additional features and capabilities in the future. The Teseo Mk2/E is the result of joint MBDA and Italian Navy technical and programme activities over the past three years, which helped mature the system concept.  

Lorenzo Mariani, executive group director sales and business development and managing director MBDA Italia, said the new anti-ship missile marks a step change in the OTOMAT/Teseo family, which will provide advanced functions and flexibility to support Italian Navy operations.