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Eurosam’s approach to air defence

In operational service, EUROSAM systems are fully capable of meeting present and future threats.

An increasing number of countries have acquired or produce significant military capabilities, and international security requirements have expanded to include long-range force projection to cope with different scenarios the world over. In turn, these deployed forces must be protected against local air threats.

These may consist of aircraft, cruise missiles, tactical air-launched missiles, anti-radiation missiles and even Tactical Ballistic Missiles (TBMs), now available to many countries. Furthermore, in most scenarios Remotely-Piloted Vehicles (RPVs) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will be used to saturate air defence systems. All in all, it is quite a challenge for EUROSAM to ensure effective anti-air protection both on land or at sea.

In order to reduce operational and logistic costs, EUROSAM systems are designed with common and interoperable « building blocks », selected according to the customer’s specific requirements. The main « building blocks » currently include:

– two multi-function radars: THALES ARABEL (X band) and MBDA Missile Systems EMPAR (C band).
– two missiles (MBDA Missile systems ASTER 15 and ASTER 30). These share the same kill vehicle, featuring the patented « PIF-PAF » dynamic control system, but differ by the size of their booster stage. Their maximum range varies from 30 km to beyond 100 km.
– naval or ground-based Vertical Launchers
These sub-systems make up a for systems that have an outstanding effectiveness against saturating attacks coming from all directions, even if accompanied by severe electronic jamming, which feature automated threat evaluation and weapon assignment, very short reaction times thanks to vertically-launched missiles with exceptional agility, very accurate guidance onto the target and, finally, a high lethality warhead effective for proximity or impact intercept.

EUROSAM systems can operate either on stand-alone mode or interconnected among themselves and with other weapon systems, thereby allowing their integration within wider air defence networks.

EUROSAM systems require very limited manpower for operation and maintenance, thus featuring a low Life Cycle Cost.