Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: 4
Also Known As: PAAMS (E) and Principal Anti-Air Missile System
Origin: France and Italy
Corporations: MBDA
Parent System: PAAMS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: 10
Family Members: Sea Viper
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Description: The Principal Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS) is a joint program between France, Italy and the United Kingdom to develop the next-generation ship-based air defense system capable of engaging multiple simultaneous threats at ranges of 120 km. The primary goal of this air defense system is to engage hostile aircraft and anti-ship missiles to protect forces at sear and/or over land. MBDA is the prime contractor for the PAAMS missile system which is deemed as the European counterpart to the proven AEGIS weapon system.

The PAAMS (E) selected to equip the French and Italian Navies Horizon-class frigates consists of the Empar multifunction radar, a combat management system, S1850M long-range surveillance radar, the Sylver vertical launch system (VLS), and the Aster 15 and Aster 30 surface-to-air missiles (SAM). The PAAMS (E) air defense system has been selected to equip several anti-air warfare (AAW) ships to be build under the FREMM multi-purpose frigate program for the French and Italian Navies.

PAAMS Applications

Fighting Ships FREMM FREDA Horizon

PAAMS Specifications

Engaged Aerial Targets: 32
Tracked Aerial Targets: 300
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)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)


There are 5 news between
6 Jun 2006 and 4 Apr 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012Chevalier Paul Frigate Aster 30 Missile Intercepts Supersonic Sea-Skimming Target
Monday, June 28, 2010Aster 30 Missile Successfully Completes Firing Trials
Thursday, July 23, 2009Royal Navy Commissions into the Fleet HMS Daring First Type 45 Destroyer
Wednesday, May 16, 2007PAAMS (E) Successfully Completes Qualification Test
Tuesday, June 6, 2006Successful First Qualification Firing of Aster/PAAMS

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 43
Cannons & Gear
Defensive Weapons
Aster 15
Aster 30
Sensor Systems
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