This Penguin Packs A Punch

The Penguin Post has learned that a Royal New Zealand Navy Super Seasprite maritime helicopter fitted with Penguin anti-ship missiles underwent a successful test flight on 22 May at Kaman Aerospace’s facilities in Connecticut, USA, said the RNZN (Royal New Zealand Navy).

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The Penguin Mk 2 Mod 7 missiles are supplied by Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence Systems under a contract announced in November 2013 to replace the RNZN’s AGM-65D Maverick air-to-surface missiles.  The Penguin can deliver a 120 kg semi-armour piercing warhead over a range of 34 km, combining inertial midcourse guidance with an infrared homing seeker. The Penguin anti-ship missiles are being procured by New Zealand together with ten maritime helicopters and a mission flight simulator at a cost of NZD242 million (USD206 million).

A Super Seasprite in RNZN livery carrying a pair of Penguin Mk 2 Mod 7 missiles during flight tests.

A Super Seasprite in RNZN livery carrying a pair of Penguin Mk 2 Mod 7 missiles during flight tests.

 

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