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Aster 15  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: ?
Origin: France, Italy and United Kingdom
Corporations: Avio, MBDA*, Roxel, Sagem Defense Securite, SELEX Galileo, Simmel Difesa and Thales   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Aster
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: 1,000
Family Members: Aster 30, Aster B1 NT, Aster B2 NT and Aster Block 1
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Description: The ASTER modular family of vertically launched missiles have been designed to meet the high demanding requirements of the emerging air threats such as aircraft, UAVs, helicopters and specially missiles. The ASTER missiles can be installed on ground- and sea-based platforms. They feature hit-to-kill capability, a very valuable skill against ballistic missiles. The missile family entered service in 2002 with the French Armed Forces. The ASTER 15 and ASTER 30 are integrated on the SAAM (ASTER 15), PAAMS (ASTER 15 and ASTER 30) and SAMP/T (ASTER 30) air defense systems. These systems will be employed by the armed forces of France, Italy and the United Kingdom.

The two-stage ASTER missiles are provided with two different solid propellant boosters resulting in the ASTER 15 and the ASTER 30 models. The 'Pif-Paf' control system enables the ASTER missile to counter high maneuverable missiles achieving a direct impact (hit-to-kill). The 'Pif-Paf' propulsion combines conventional aerodynamic control with control by gas jets acting through the centre of gravity of the missile. Until mid-course the guidance of an ASTER missile is based on the Inertial Navigation System (INS) updated through an uplink, in the terminal phase the guidance is provided by an active Radiofrequency seeker. The final stage of the ASTER missile is a 'dart' equipped with the seeker, a sustainer motor, a proximity fuze and a blast fragmentation warhead.

The ASTER 15 is a short range missile intended for self-defense (point defense) purposes against highly maneuverable threats. The ASTER 15 is integrated on the SAAM and beginning in 2006 in the PAAMS system. The SAAM is installed on French-built frigates and the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. The PAAMS will be provided to the Horizon frigates (France and Italy) and the Type 45 destroyers (United Kingdom).

In November 2003, the European Defense Procurement Agency, OCCAR, signed a contract for Aster 15 missiles full series production under the Franco-Italian SAAM program. The SAAM-FR (France) was qualified for operational use in May 2005 after first salvo firing from Charles de Gaulle carrier during an international exercise.

Aster 15 Applications

Cannons & Gear Sylver Sylver A-70 Fighting Ships Charles de Gaulle Conte di Cavour Formidable FREMM ASM FREMM ASW FREMM FREDA FREMM GP FTI Gowind 200 Horizon Sawari II Type 45 Protection Systems PAAMS SAAM Sea Viper

Aster 15 Specifications

Diameter: 180 millimeter (7.09 inch)
Length: 4.20 meter (165 inch)
Max Range: 30,000 meter (16.2 nautical mile)
Min Range: 1,700 meter (0.92 nautical mile)
Target's Max Altitude: 13,000 meter (7.02 nautical mile)
Top Speed: 3 mach (3,587 kph)
Weight: 310 kilogram (683 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Aster 15 News

There are 19 news between
14 Jan 2003 and 24 Oct 2019
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Thursday, October 24, 2019Naval Group Starts Construction of First FDI Frigate for the French Navy
Monday, June 19, 2017Thales Unveils Ground Fire Radar
Friday, April 21, 2017UK MoD Awards Contract to MBDA for Sea Viper Weapon System Support
Monday, December 10, 2012Aster Surface-to-Air Missile Family Production Program Reaches 1,000 Units
Wednesday, May 25, 2011Conte di Cavour Aircraft Carrier Successfully Launches Two Aster 15 Missiles
Monday, October 4, 2010Royal Navy Fires Sea Viper Air Defense System from Type 45 Destroyer for First Time Ever
Tuesday, August 17, 2010Royal Navy's Sea Viper Air Defense System Completes Trials in the Mediterranean
Thursday, October 8, 2009French Navy Orders Three More FREMM Frigates
Wednesday, May 6, 2009All Four French and Italian Horizon-class Frigates Gather at La Spezia
Thursday, February 12, 2009Type 45's Sea Viper Missile System Successfully Completes Second Test Firing

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