GIE MILAS, a joint venture company formed by MATRA BAe Dynamics France and Alenia Difesa of Italy, originally designed, developed, and built the MILAS system to launch the MU 90 Franco-Italian torpedo. GIE MILAS is pursuing the adaptation of the Mk 46 torpedo into the MILAS ASW Missile System in order to offer the MILAS system as a stand-off ASW weapon systems capability to the 24 navies that carry the MK 46 torpedo. Raytheon signed a $1.7 million engineering development contract in October 1997 with GIE MILAS to support the integration of the Mk 46 torpedo into the MILAS Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Missile System. In April 1998 France decided not to produce or acquire this system, which was developed in a Franco-Italian cooperative arrangement.
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