Operational practice firing of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier self-defence system

(Issued on 25th May, 2005)

On 25 May 2005, the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier conducted another operational practice firing of its SAAM-FR antimissile self-defence system.

The purpose of this firing was to engage a high subsonic anti-ship target with a salvo of two ASTER 15s equipped with warheads. All the objectives of this firing were achieved.

Once again, the system demonstrated its outstanding precision, with a direct hit of the target engaged by the ASTER 15 missile.

This firing is the latest in a 100%-successful series of SAAM-FR practice firings using the ASTER 15, including in particular, in 2004, a firing from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in December, and one firing from each of the 3 frigates in the SAWARI II programme, on 23 March, 7 September and 29 September 2004, respectively.

Besides the SAAM-FR [1] system, 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 PAAMS [3] will be installed on the Horizon Franco-Italian frigates to provide self-protection and area defence.

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 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.

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

[3] 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.