Vertical Launch Mica
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: VL Mica
and United Kingdom
Parent System: Vertical Launch Mica
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2012
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Description: The Vertical Launch Mica is a modular short range air defense system which fires the two Mica missiles types (IR and RF). It is intended against simultaneously multiple attacks of aircraft and missiles adding the advantage of employing and fire and forget missile. The Vertical Launch Mica can face the most severe IRCM-ECM scenarios (Infrared Countermeasures and Electronic Countermeasures). The Vertical Launch Mica has been developed to meet the requirements of land and naval military forces.
The Vertical Launch Mica ship-based is integrated within the ship combat system. The basic configuration of VLM is an Modular Vertical Container with 8 Mica missiles. The target information is taken from the radar and electro-optical sensors of the ship with no need for illuminators or tracking radar. Once fired the Mica missile is absolutely autonomous.
The shipboard Vertical Launch Mica is intended against aircraft, anti-ship missiles, helicopters and UAVs in adverse weather conditions, day and night, and heavy countermeasures environments.
The compact, modular and lightweight Vertical Launch Mica is specially suitable for small and not extremely sophisticated ships. It is being offered as part of an upgrade program for existing ships.
On 22 December 2005, the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) awarded MBDA a contract in support of VL Mica air defense system fielding. The French Air Force, Army and Navy would deploy Vertical Launch Mica medium-range, ground- and ship-based air defense system.
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