MBDA's Mistral air-to-air missile will arm Korean helicopters.

MBDA has received a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for integrating the Mistral ATAM anti-aircraft missile system on the Korean Marine Attack Helicopter (KMAH).

Eric Béranger, CEO of MBDA, said: “We are proud to partner again with Korea Aerospace Industries to assemble a Korean military aircraft. “This contract cements Mistral ATAM’s place as the world’s leading helicopter-launched anti-aircraft missile system.”

The Mistral ATAM is based on the Mistral short-range anti-aircraft missile, known for its “fire and forget” combat mode, ease of handling and unrivaled kill probability. The ATAM system includes two launchers per helicopter, each with two missiles. The Armed Forces of the Republic of Korea also have Mistral portable air defense systems.

MBDA's Mistral air-to-air missile will arm Korean helicopters.

MBDA is a global leader in missile systems, with more than 60 years of experience developing cutting-edge missiles in cross-border partnerships, making the company a natural partner to accelerate national development programs. MBDA and KAI are also collaborating to integrate the above-visual-range Meteor missile into the KF-21 Boromae fighter jet.

MBDA is a unique European multinational group, a world leader in the field of complex weapons systems, playing a key role in the security of nations. Created in a spirit of international cooperation, MBDA and its more than 15,000 employees work together to support the national sovereignty of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as their allies worldwide.

As an innovation accelerator, MBDA is the only European group capable of designing and manufacturing complex weapons to meet the full range of current and future operational requirements of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). Airbus (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Leonardo (25%) jointly own MBDA.