The EDGE Group has unveiled its latest anti-ship missile, the MANSUP ER, specifically designed to meet the requirements of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and Brazilian Navies.
This advanced Anti-Ship Missile (AShM) is not only tailored for domestic use but is also slated for international export.
Competing in a field dominated by players like Boeing's Harpoon (AGM-84), MBDA's Exocet, the Russian-Indian BrahMos, China's YJ-18 (CM-302), and the RBS-15 developed by Saab and Diehl Defence, the MANSUP ER signifies EDGE's entry into the global anti-ship missile market.
Founded in 2015, SIATT, a key player in the Brazilian government's MANSUP program, contributes its expertise in smart weapons, including missiles and guided munitions, along with specialization in radar, sensor, and avionics technologies.
EDGE acquired a 50% stake in SIATT in October to develop an anti-ship missile variant based on the MANSUP platform. Known as MANSUP-ER, the collaborative project features a 200 km (124 mi.) range to meet the naval requirements of both the U.A.E. and Brazil. The missile, equipped with adaptive sea-skimming capabilities, includes inertial guidance and active radar homing. It is scheduled for testing by Brazil's naval fleet and subsequent adaptations for integration into selected air and land systems.
EDGE is not only featuring the MANSUP ER but also presenting the NASEF, a subsonic cruise missile in -20 and -125 versions.
Alongside the MANSUP ER, EDGE has introduced 11 new systems and inaugurated a new testing facility for unmanned systems in the region. Among the additions are unmanned aerial systems like the REACH-M, boasting a 350kg payload and 24 flying hours; the Sinyar, based on Poland's Flaris firm's LAR 01 small personal jet design; and the operational HT-100 multirole unmanned helicopter from Swiss firm Anavia. The Hunter series of swarming drones, the first of its kind in an Arab country, is expected for delivery in 2024.
Other capabilities include guided munitions like NASEF-20 and NASEF-125 sub-sonic cruise missiles, RASH-3H guided munition, and the MANSUP-ER, co-developed with Brazilian company SIATT. Furthermore, EDGE subsidiary Remaya unveiled the X Range, a 350sqkm unmanned systems testing facility, at the 2023 Dubai Airshow.