The French Procurement agency DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) certified and accepted delivery of the first Exocet MM40 Block 3 naval surface to surface missiles procured to under a contract placed in December of 2008.

An initial batch of 45 missiles is to be delivered to the French Navy (Marine Nationale) until mid 2013 to arm the two Horizon frigates (D620 FS “Forbin” and D621 FS “Chevalier Paul”) and later the 11 Aquitaine Class FREMM (FRégate Européenne Multi-Missions) multi-mission frigates ordered to the local shipbuilder DCNS.

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