Eurosam’s « alphabet soup »

Below are commonly-used abbreviations and acronyms used to describe Eurosam products and related concepts.

 

ABT

Air Breathing Target

AD

area defence

ALTBMD

Active Layer Tactical Ballistic Missile Defence. NATO programme to develop an Alliance wide ATBM defence capability

AMI

Aeronautica Militare Italiana
Italian Air Force

ARABEL

French-developed multi-role radar for Eurosam systems

ASTER

Missile interceptors developed for the Eurosam family of air-defence systems

ATBM

Anti-Tactical Ballistic Missile

EMPAR

Italian-made multi-function radar

EUROSAM

European Surface-to-Air Missile
industry consortium formed by MBDA Missiles Systems and THALES

FSAF

Famille de Sol-Air Futurs
Original designation of the French-Italian family of air-defence missiles

GBAD

Ground Based Air Defence

Hit to kill

Direct impact on target.
Engagement mode used by Eurosam’s Aster missiles.

HORIZON

Class of air-defence frigates developed by France and Italy.

IAMD

Integrated Air & Missile Defence

PAAMS

Principal Anti-Air Missile System

PIF-PAF

Pilotage en Force – Pilotage Aerodynamique Fort
French acronym from Aster missile’s steering system, combining aerodynamic control and direct-thrust vector control

SAAM

Surface to Air Anti-Missiles
Short-range naval air-defence system with Aster 15 missile

SAAM AD

Surface to Air Anti-Missiles- Area Defence
Medium – Range Anti-missile naval system with Aster 15 and Aster 30 Missiles

SAMP/T

Surface-Air Moyenne Portee / Terrestre
Medium-range ground-launched air-defence system with Aster 30 missile. .

TBM

Tactical Ballistic Missile

TYPE 45

British Royal Navy designation for its PAAMS air-defence ship.
Replaces British portion of Horizon program.

SYLVER

Systeme de Lancement Vertical
Ship borne vertical launch system

MLT

Ground Vertical Launch Module
Truck borne vertical launch system