Another successful ASTER firing

(Issued June 2005)

On 1st June 2005, an ASTER 30 firing was performed at the CELM Landes test centre as part of the PAAMS [1] tripartite (France, Italy, United Kingdom) naval programme.

The purpose of this firing, which simulated an antimissile area defence by an air defence frigate, was to engage an anti-ship target with an ASTER 30 missile. All the objectives of this firing were achieved.

Once again, the ASTER missile demonstrated its outstanding performance, a week after the successful salvo firing from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier.

This firing is the latest in a 100%-successful series of naval ASTER 15 firings since December 2001 (SAAM-FR firings from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and from the 3 frigates in the SAWARI II programme; SAAM/IT firings from the CARABINIERE).

Besides the PAAMS1 system, which will be installed on the Franco-Italian Horizon frigates to provide self-protection and defence area, Eurosam presents a family of naval systems designed to carry out different missions to meet new-generation threats:

— The SAAM, in its Italian configuration, SAAM-IT [2], has also completed its qualification programme; the « Cavour » aircraft carrier will be the first ship to be fitted with it.

— The SAAM-FR [3] in its French configuration, which is installed on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and on the 3 frigates in the SAWARI II programme.

EUROSAM GIE brings together the skills of MBDA and THALES within the surface-to-air weapon systems field. It was created as a systems prime contractor for the marketing of systems in the FSAF family.


Footnotes:

[1] The PAAMS « Principal Anti-Air Missile System » is made up of a fire control system comprising the EMPAR radar and SYLVER vertical launchers associated with the ASTER 15 & ASTER 30 missiles.

[2] The SAAM-IT is made up of a fire control system comprising the EMPAR radar and SYLVER vertical launchers associated with the ASTER 15 missile.

[3] The SAAM-FR on the CdG aircraft carrier is made up of a fire control system comprising the ARABEL radar and SYLVER vertical launchers associated with the ASTER 15 missile.