Successful Second Qualification Firing of the SAAM/IT Self-Defence System

(Source : Eurosam ; dated June 5, issued June 7, 2002)

Another success achieved by the Franco-Italian programme FSAF for the development and production of a Family of surface-to-air missile systems.

In the frame of the qualification campaign of the naval variant of said systems, the SAAM/IT (Italian Navy configuration) has successfully performed its second test firing.

The 5th June of 2002 the Italian Navy experimental ship (STP) “Nave Carabiniere” has launched, at the Toulon Naval Test Center (CEM), an ASTER 15 missile and has validated all the launching sequence (engagement, launching and interception of the target).

The firing represented the missile intercepting a subsonic aircraft attacking at low altitude with an evasive manoeuvre.

The configuration of the system is the same utilised during first firing test performed on 18th December of 2001. The Fire Control Subsystem used the EMPAR multifunction radar to detect the target and engage it using an ASTER 15 missile fired from the SYLVER vertical launch module.

The ASTER 15 missile ­ self-guided in its terminal phase ­ intercepted the target at about 10 kilometres from its launch point. The C22 target performed during the final game a commanded evasive manoeuvre. The target, on this scenario, simulated a subsonic aircraft travelling at about 100 metres above sea level.

The test results indicate that all the firing objectives were successfully achieved.

It is highlighted that the first SAAM/IT production system will be installed on the aircraft carrier, “Andrea Doria” of the Italian Navy. It is also foreseen the utilisation of the same system as part of the armament of the future frigates of the same Navy.