Qatar Inaugurates Coastal Anti-Ship Missile System, Combination Exocet MM40 Block 3 And Marte ER

Qatar Inaugurates Coastal Anti-Ship Missile System, Combination Exocet MM40 Block 3 And Marte ER

After completing the 2022 World Cup celebrations, this time there is news from Qatar that the Qatar Emiri Navy - Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) has inaugurated the operation of its coastal anti-ship missile system. 

The operation of the missile unit was inaugurated by the Minister of Defense of Qatar Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah at Al Houl Naval Base, on 23 February 2023.

Of course what's interesting is the composition of the anti-ship missile system deployed by this oil-rich country, of course not missiles of KW quality.

Quoted from, although the composition and types of missiles in the coastal anti-ship missile system are not specified, a short video clip circulating shows the presence of MBDA Exocet and Marte ER anti-ship missiles at Al Houl Naval Base.

MBDA Missile Systems announced during the DIMDEX event held in Doha in March 2016, that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Qatar that will pave the way for a EUR640 million (US$678.34 million) contract to supply the Qatari Navy with coastal defense missiles, consisting of systems with Exocet MM40 Block 3 and Marte ER anti-ship missiles. As of September 2016, MBDA has confirmed that an effective contract has been signed.

The Marte (Sea Killer) ER is a medium-range anti-ship missile. This missile glides with sea skimming technique, Marte ER can reach targets more than 100 km. The Marte ER is a high-subsonic missile with a speed of Mach 0.9.

Marte ER with active radar homing guidance system, has a weight of 340 kg, with a semi-armour piercing HE warhead weighing 70 kg. Marte ER dimensions are 3.6 meters long and 0.316 meters in diameter.

Meanwhile for the Exocet MM40 Block 3, the name is already familiar in Indonesia, the article has been adopted on several Indonesian Navy combatant ships. Exocet MM40 Block 3 with sea skimming technique can reach targets up to 180 – 200 km.

As a runway, the Exocet MM40 Block 3 is powered by a Turbomeca TR-40/263 turbojet made by NAMMO with a rocket booster. In terms of speed, the MM40 Block 3 is at the high subsonic level with a Mach 0.93 speed with high G maneuverability (10g).

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