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MBDA 's Aster SAMP/T Air Defence System

MBDA Missile Systems : 04 January, 2007  (Company News)
On 14th November 2006, the third and final qualification firing of the Franco-Italian Aster SAMP/T ground-based air defence system was successfully completed at the French DGA's CELM (Centre d'Essai de Lancement des Missiles) test facility. The firing paves the way for the system's operational evaluation by the French and Italian Armed Forces.
For the firing, all components of the Aster SAMP/T weapon system were tested: the Engagement Module, the ARABEL Radar and Identification Module, a Vertical Launch Unit and the ASTER 30 Missile.

The objective of the test firing was to prove the ability of the complete system to intercept an aircraft under a typical operational scenario. For this firing, the Aster 30 missile intercepted a C-22 target drone equipped with radar jammer.

The trial was a total success with the complete range of test objectives achieved:

- Acquisition and tracking of the target by the ARABEL radar

- Target engagement by the fire control unit

- Launch of the Aster 30 munition

- Updating of target coordinates to the missile in flight

- In-flight target acquisition by the Aster 30 missile's seeker

- Final interception of the target at about 10 km from the launcher.

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