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Paris 2017: MBDA introduces SmartGlider
SmartGlider. © MBDA

Paris 2017: MBDA introduces SmartGlider

MBDA is presenting the new SmartGlider family of guided weapons with folding wings and a range of over 100km. Service entry is targeted for no later than 2025.

MBDA is presenting its new SmartGlider family of guided weapons, optimised to counter anti-access strategies and other emerging battlespace threats. Planned to become available for fast jets no later than 2025, SmartGlider forms a family of all-up-round glider weapons, with folding wings and a range of over 100km.

This new generation of air-to-ground weapons is designed to counter new networked short- and medium-range surface-to-air threats, as well as moving/relocatable targets or hardened fixed targets.

The compact family member, SmartGlider Light, is 2 meters long and weighs 120kg. 12 to 18 SmartGlider Lights can be carried on an aircraft thanks to a Hexabomb Smart Launcher (HSL) capable of managing reactive strikes without affecting the pilot’s workload. As such, the SmartGlider Light is designed to support early entry operations by saturating and destroying enemy air defences.

For general purpose missions, the SmartGlider Light can be engaged against a wide spectrum of targets, from hardened and defended fixed targets such as hangars, to relocatable targets that can only be destroyed from a standoff distance with significant lethal effects.

Last, MBDA is also preparing a 1,300kg SmartGlider Heavy able to carry a multipurpose warhead of more than 1,000kg to deal with large, hardened infrastructure.

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