The dimensions of the MICA NG munition remain unchanged, allowing it to be integrated into existing VL MICA launchers. MBDA says the new generation missile is based on … Egypt's "MEKO-A200" frigates will receive a new generation of French VL-MICA NG air defence missiles. The existing missile data link mechanisms are compatible with the increased kinematic performance of the missiles, enabling current VL MICA systems to be upgraded to VL MICA NG standard by simple software updates. Vertical Launch MICA (VL MICA) is a short range, ground based air defence system deploying the MICA fire-and-forget missile, currently the only missile in the world capable of being fitted with either a heatseeking homing head (VL MICA IR) or with an active radar (VL MICA RF). -- MICA currently provides the air-to-air weapon capability on the Mirage 2000-5 and Rafale combat aircraft and is unique in the world in its ability to be equipped with either infra-red or electro-magnetic seekers. MBDA have announced the commercial launch of its new VL MICA NG air defence system at the Euronaval-Online exhibition. The VL MICA NG system is based on the integration into the existing VL MICA system of the MICA NG (New Generation) anti-air missile, which began development in 2018 primarily to equip France’s Rafale combat aircraft. The VL MICA NG system is based on the integration into the existing VL MICA system of the MICA NG (New Generation) air defense missile, which began development in 2018 primarily to equip France’s Rafale combat aircraft. The deal opens new horizons for the Egyptian Rafale fighters, writes Mohamed Al-Kenany. The VL MICA NG system is based on the integration into the existing VL MICA system of the MICA NG (New Generation) anti-air missile, which began development in 2018 primarily to equip France’s Rafale combat aircraft. BACKGROUND NOTES: -- The VL MICA (Vertical Launch) air defence system is available in naval and ground-based variants deploying the MICA missile from the CLA launcher. The total compatibility … The VL MICA NG system is based on the integration into the existing VL MICA system of the MICA NG (New Generation) anti-air missile, which began development in 2018 primarily to equip France's Rafale combat aircraft. About the VL MICA NG system, MBDA CEO Eric Béranger declared: “After two years of development on the New Generation MICA missile, we have acquired a deep understanding of the performance of this brand new air-to-air missile which allows us, in full confidence, to market its integration into VL MICA ground-to-air or surface-to-air defence systems.