Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Crotale NG, FM-90N, HQ-7, R.440 and Shahine
, South Africa
and United States of America
Parent System: Crotale
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1971
Total Production: ?
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Description: Crotale is a high-velocity surface-to-air missile (SAM) designed to engage airborne targets flying at Mach 2.3 of speed and up to 5,000 meters of altitude. Crotale air defense system has been designed for integration onto ground vehicles as well as surface ships providing point defense. It relies on a digital radio command-to-line-of-sight guidance system. Its propulsion system is based on a single state solid propellant rocket motor.
The Crotale missile system developed by French Matra and Thomson-CSF, now MBDA, has been exported to several nations including Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Shahine is the version sold to Saudi Arabia Armed Forces. Existing Crotale batteries can be upgraded with high-performance VT-1 missile produced by Thales.
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