So what makes the new SIMBAD-RC so unique? It's a twin missile launcher that sits on the deck of a ship. MBDA designed it as a short-range anti-aircraft weapon, capable of taking out missiles, aircraft, and unmanned air vehicles. It's also completely controlled remotely (photo here-an upgrade from the previous model, which required a person to operate it hands-on, presumably directly in the line of fire. While it may just seem like another military weapon, the development of the SIMBAD-RC underscores the importance of the defense sector in France. In 2013 alone, MBDA reported earnings at 2.8 billion Euros (about $3.6 billion).
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