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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1987
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: LY-60
Origin: Italy
Corporations: MBDA
Parent System: Aspide
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1987
Total Production: 5,000
Family Members: Aspide and Aspide 2000
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Description: Aspide is an Italian missile system developed from the US AIM-7E Sparrow medium range air-to-air missile. It is suitable for both air-to-air and surface-to-air applications such as Spada, Skyguard, Albatros and Aramis air defense systems. Aspide missile entered service in 1987 with the Italian Armed Forces. PL-11 missile is a Chinese development of Aspide which is used on the F-8 fighter aircraft. LY-60 air defense system is another development made in China based upon Aspide technology.

Aspide is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) utilized by ground-based air defense systems such as Finmeccanica's Skyshield and Skyguard. Aspide SAM is also utilized by naval air defense systems such as Finmeccanica's Albatros and Aramis. These systems are widely used by the Italian Armed Forces.

Aspide Applications

Artillery Systems HQ-6 Skyguard Skyshield 35 Fighting Ships Durand de la Penne Esmeraldas Laksamana Lupo Maestrale MEKO 360 Minerva Ratanakosin Soldati Protection Systems Albatros

Aspide Specifications

Diameter: 210 millimeter (8.27 inch)
Length: 3.65 meter (144 inch)
Wingspan: 1 meter (39.4 inch)
Max Range: 20,000 meter (10.8 nautical mile)
Min Range: 750 meter (0.40 nautical mile)
Target's Max Altitude: 3,500 meter (2.18 mile)
Top Speed: 650 mps (2,341 kph)
Warhead: 33 kilogram (73 pound)
Weight: 220 kilogram (485 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Aspide News

There are 3 news between
15 Dec 2005 and 10 Sep 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007Rheinmetall Conducts First Firing Campaign with Advanced Amoun Batteries
Wednesday, March 7, 2007Kuwait to Upgrade its Aspide Missiles to Aspide 2000 Standard
Thursday, December 15, 2005Upgraded Spada Air Defense System Tested Successfully

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