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Thales - Multi-Mission System Success

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: 12 September, 2007  (Company News)
Thales-designed multi-mission system hits the targets at Castlemartin
On 10 September representatives from seven overseas delegations came to Castlemartin Range in Pembrokeshire to witness tracking trials and live firings of the Multi Mission System (MMS) designed by Thales UK in Belfast. The exercise was sponsored by UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the basis of an evaluation of the capabilities of the MMS and the ground-to-ground capabilities of Thales' Starstreak missile.

Tracking trials were conducted against a Hawk jet and a Lynx helicopter, clearly demonstrating the versatility of the system and in particular the accuracy of the automatic target tracking (ATT) system. This is the first time that Thales has publicly demonstrated its ATT capability.

The tracking trials were followed by two live Starstreak firings using the MMS. The first was against a pop-up Helicopter target at a range of 3km; the second against a moving ground target also at 3km. On both occasions the firings were 100% successful.

Speaking after the trials Col Andy Pedder, Senior Army Adviser to the UK Defence Export Services Organisation said: 'The results from the exercise were excellent. The ground-to-ground firing in particular showed the utility of the Starstreak missile, a capability that is of increasing importance in today's operating environment.'

In addition, Col Andre Greef, SSO from the Republic of the South African Ground Based Air Defence programme said: 'We procured Starstreak back in 2003 and I am happy to say that all training and support from the company has been first-class to date. We are now looking forward to our first firings which are scheduled for October of this year.' Col Greef was observing as an interested existing Starstreak customer.

Steve Hill, Managing Director of Thales Air Systems activities in the UK says: 'The results of this very successful exercise has clearly demonstrated the flexibility of the Starstreak system. We believe the system is further enhanced when integrated onto the MMS, providing military commanders with a rapid-reaction force-protection system capable of being integrated onto whatever platform the user sees fit'
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