Another successful SAMP/T firing of ASTER

(Issued November 15, 2006)

PARIS — On 14th November 2006, the Franco-Italian SAMP/T medium-range land system successfully fired an ASTER 30 missile at the CELM Landes test site. This firing is the last SAMP/T system qualification firing test against conventional targets and opens the way for the system’s operational evaluation with the French and Italian Armed Forces.

The objective of the firing was to be representative of the medium-range interception of a SSJ (self-screening-jamming) aircraft. The successive phases of the engagement ran nominally and the target was intercepted at the intended range.

For the purpose of this firing, the SAMP/T system comprised the Engagement Module, the ARABEL Radar and Identification Module, a Vertical Launch Unit and the ASTER 30 Missile.

This firing and other system tests performed at the CELM since the beginning of 2005 have demonstrated the exceptional performance of the SAMP/T system and its maturity.

This ASTER 30 firing extends a long list of earlier successes with the ASTER missile:

  • ASTER 30 PAAMS successful firings on 1st June 2005, 12th October 2005 and 23rd May 2006;
  • ASTER 30 successful SAMP/T system qualification firings on 26th July 2005 and 20th December 2005;

Firing of a salvo of two ASTER 15 missiles from the aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle on May 25th 2005, continuing the 100% success rate of ASTER 15 naval firings since December 2001.

The SAMP/T « Sol Air Moyenne Portée Terrestre » (Ground-to- Air Medium Range/Land) comprises a fire control system featuring the ARABEL Radar and Identification Module, the Engagement Module, and from 4 to 6 vertical launch units associated with the ASTER 30 missiles.

The PAAMS « Principal Anti-Air Missile System » comprises a firing control system featuring the EMPAR radar and the SYLVER vertical launch units associated with the ASTER 15 & ASTER 30 missiles.


1) The SAMP/T « Sol Air Moyenne Portée Terrestre » (Ground-to-Air Medium Range/Land) comprises a fire control system featuring the ARABEL Radar and Identification Module, the Engagement Module, and from 4 to 6 vertical launch units associated with the ASTER 30 missiles.

2) The PAAMS « Principal Anti-Air Missile System » comprises a firing control system featuring the EMPAR radar and the SYLVER vertical launch units associated with the ASTER 15 & ASTER 30 missiles.