Two Other Successful SAMP/T Firing of ASTER

(Source: Eurosam; issued June 3, 2008)

In the frame of the operational evaluation by the Italian Armed Forces of the Franco-Italian SAMP/T1 medium-range land system, the Italian Army has performed two ASTER 30 firings on May 22nd and 26th. These firings were carried out in the PISQ test range (Poligono Interforze Salto di Quirra) located in Sardinia.

The objective of the first firing was to be representative of the medium-range interception of an subsonic aircraft flying at very low altitude. The second firing was representative of the medium-range interception of maneuvering subsonic aircraft flying at low altitude. Both targets were intercepted at the intended range, one of the two interceptions being a direct target hit.

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

These two ASTER 30 firings extend a long list of earlier successes with the ASTER missile:

— ASTER 30 PAAMS2 successful qualification firings on 23rd May 2006, 18th December 2006 and 14th May 2007;

— ASTER 30 successful SAMP/T system qualification firings on 26th July 2005, 20th December 2005 and 14th November 2006.

BACKGROUND NOTES:

  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.

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