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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 93
Unitary Cost: USD$3.0 million
Also Known As: Sylver A35, Sylver A43 and Sylver A50
Origin: France
Corporations: Naval Group
Parent System: Sylver
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 93
Total Cost: USD$300 million
Family Members: Sylver A-70
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Description: The Sylver ship Vertical Launch System (VLS) has been designed to store and launch the latest generation of anti-air missiles such as ASTER 15 and ASTER 30. Despite Sylver primary customer is ASTER family of missiles, has been released that Sylver could eventually accommodate ANF supersonic anti-ship cruise missile, Standard and ESSM anti-air missiles, ASROC anti-submarine rocket, Tomahawk and SCALP Naval cruise missiles.

The Sylver VLS module features 8-cell which can be tailored to suit different types of missiles. Each Sylver module occupies an area of 6 square meters and is suitable for many types of ships ranging from corvettes to aircraft carriers. A single Sylver module yields up to 6 rounds per second. Sylver A-43 VLS was developed in support of SAAM air defense system which is based on short-range Aster 15 missile. Sylver A-50 model was developed in support of PAAMS air defense system firing both Aster 15 and bigger Aster 30 missiles.

To date, the Sylver VLS has been selected for integration into French Navy's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, Franco-Italian Horizon frigates, UK's Type 45 destroyers and Saudi Arabia Sawari II frigates. In 2005 the Sylver launcher was selected for the Franco-Italian Multi-Mission Frigates (FREMM) program which involves development and building of up to 27 warships.

Sylver Applications

Auxiliary Vessels PPA Fighting Ships Charles de Gaulle FREMM ASW FREMM FREDA FREMM GP Horizon Sawari II Second Generation Patrol Vessel Type 45 Protection Systems PAAMS SAAM Sea Viper

Sylver Specifications

Magazine Capacity: 8
Max Rate of Fire: 6 roundperminute
System Weight: 6,000 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Sylver News

There are 8 news between
13 Sep 2004 and 30 Aug 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016DCNS Sylver A50 Vertical Launching System Selected for Italian Navy PPA Vessels
Monday, October 4, 2010Royal Navy Fires Sea Viper Air Defense System from Type 45 Destroyer for First Time Ever
Thursday, February 12, 2009Type 45's Sea Viper Missile System Successfully Completes Second Test Firing
Monday, October 27, 2008Thales Carries Out First Successful Vertical Firing of VT1 Naval Crotale Missile
Wednesday, May 16, 2007PAAMS (E) Successfully Completes Qualification Test
Tuesday, June 6, 2006Successful First Qualification Firing of Aster/PAAMS
Thursday, November 17, 2005Italy and France Launch First Phase of Newest European Warship Program
Monday, September 13, 2004Sawari II Completes SAAM Trials

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 726
Defensive Weapons
Aster 15
Aster 30
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