|Place of origin||Brazil|
|In service||December 2001|
|Used by||Brazilian Army|
|Engine||Turbomachine TJ1000 Turbojet|
|GPS / INS|
|Accuracy||less than 30 meters|
|Astros 2020/Astros FN|
The AV-TM 300 Tactical Missile") or MTC-300 (Míssil Tático de Cruzeiro) is a Brazilian cruise missile that is under development by Avibras for the Astros 2020 system. Nicknamed Matador ("killer"), it is projected to be a less expensive alternative to the American Tomahawk (missile). The missile is equipped with a central computer that combines a Ring laser gyroscope, connected to an active GPS navigation device that uninterruptedly supplies positioning information for course correction. Apparently there also will be a naval version called X-300. The missile can use a single warhead of 200 kg of high explosive or cluster munition warhead with 64 submunitions for anti-personnel or anti-tank targets.
The first version of the missile was created in 1999, however, the development of the missile officially started in September 2001. Eventually, the original specifications underwent a major modification, including removal of the retractable wings and addition of composite materials. The missiles uses solid-fuel rockets for launching, and a turbojet during the subsonic cruise flight The missile indigenous turbojet engine is a variant of the Turbomachine TJ1000, which is being developed by Avibras based on technology licensed from Turbomachine.
The Brazilian Army signed an initial order contract in November 2012, investing $100 millions in the development phase. The first delivery to the Brazilian army are expected to be done by 2016, however all development stages are expected to be fully cleared by 2018. Flight test with the turbojet are expected to commence in mid 2013.
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