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The penguin is a helicopter launched anti-ship missile developed for use on Lamps lll helicopters and NATO allies. Penguin is the only operational navy helicopter-launched missile in the navy's weapon inventory. It provides navy surface combatants with a defense against surface threats armed with anti-ship missiles. The penguin missile is a short-to-medium range inertially guided missile with infared terminal homing. The missile consists of a seeker, navagation and control section,warhead,rocket motor, and four folding wings and four canards. It is capable of of gravity drop launches at low speeds and altitudes. A principal operational advantage of the penguin is its relativley long operational range, which allows a helicopter equiped with the penguin to remain outside fo the launch envelopes of potential targets.
From: Penguin MK2 MOD7 Anti-Ship Cruise Missile
Now in its third generation the Penguin is the leading and most advanced anti-ship missile for deployment on naval helicopters.
Penguin is an all-digital stand-off weapon system with selectable flight profiles and trajectories tailor-made to navigate in archipelagic waters. A sophisticated passive infrared seeker ensures its ability to operate close to land whilst being immune to any known countermeasures.
The Penguin missile is today operational in several navies and is certified for fighter aircraft (F-16), naval helicopters (Sikorsky SH60 & S-70, Kaman SH-2) and naval ships.
The NSM design reflects its stealth capabilities which in combination with terrain adoption, sea skim and high agility, will ensure penetration through advanced air defence systems.
The passive intelligent imaging infrared (I3R) seeker employs the worlds most advanced seeker technology, capable of target recognition. The modern multi-purpose programmable warhead developed for NSM ensures effectiveness equal to that of greatly larger missiles. NSM is designed for both littoral and open sea scenarios and has furthermore capabilities for engagement of both sea and land targets.
Originally posted by Hyperen
Quality missile and that NSM seems very potent. We shall have to wait and see...
From: Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS - Missiles
NSM is an autonomous, all-weather, long-range, precision standoff missile. The missile is designed to destroy high-value, well-defended targets at sea and ashore. Survivability and lethality are assured by superior air defence penetration capability.
Entry service date will be 2005.
The multi mission NSM is deployable from naval combatants, helicopters, aircraft and land-based trucks.
Range - 160 km
from same site as above (Kongsberg)
Today, the Penguin missile is chosen by or is in operational use in:
The Royal Australian Navy,
The Hellenic Navy,
The Royal Norwegian Navy,
The Royal Spanish Navy,
The Royal Swedish Navy,
The Royal Norwegian Airforce,
The Turkish Navy, and
The US Navy.