The anti-ship weapon is being developed by the UK and France to equip British and French helicopters.
MBDA say they achieved the milestone at the DGA Essais de missiles test site near Ile du Levant, off the south coast of France.
“The missile was launched from a DGA-owned Dauphin helicopter and reached its cruise phase while skimming low to the sea. The air crew then used images from the infrared seeker to aim the missile manually and it went on to accurately hit its target.
This latest firing builds on two previous trials which tested Sea Venom’s lock on after launch (LOAL) and lock on before launch (LOBL) capabilities, as well as its low altitude flying and autonomous guidance systems.”
Chris Harris, Lightweight and Medium Attack Systems (LMAS) team leader at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), said:
“This success at the third development trials represents a major milestone towards the introduction into service of the Sea Venom weapon system for the Royal Navy.”
Replacing Sea Skua, it is being designed to safely engage hostile vessels amongst civilian ones and could be used on a range of targets from small, fast-moving craft through to larger ships.
MBDA say that the Sea Venom programme has seen about 200 highly-skilled jobs sustained in Bristol and Stevenage.