SAAM  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): December 2002
Total Production: 5
Also Known As: SAAM-FR, SAAM-IT and Surface-to-Air Anti-Missile
Origin: France
Corporations: MBDA
Parent System: SAAM
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): December 2002
Total Production: 5
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Description: The Surface-to-Air Anti-Missile (SAAM) is a advanced, short-range, ship-based air defense system designed to engage multiple, simultaneous threats at ranges of up to 30 kilometers. The system includes a multifunctional radar, a command and control (C2) unit, Sylver vertical launching system (VLS) and Aster 15 surface-to-air missiles. The highly maneuverable Aster 15 missile can engage fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and anti-ship missiles. SAAM entered service with the French Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in December 2002.
The SAAM-IT is the version adopted by the Italian Navy and features Empar as its multifunctional radar while the French version, SAAM-FR, uses the Arabel radar system. Besides, the system can be enhanced with long range surveillance radars. Saudi Arabia and Italy have ordered this air defense system to equip their Sawari II class frigates and Conte di Cavour aircraft carrier respectively. The SAAM is a prime candidate to provide short-range air defense for FREMM multi-purpose frigates ordered by the French and Italian Navies.

SAAM Applications


Carrier & Landing Ships Charles de Gaulle Conte di Cavour Frigates FREMM ASM FREMM ASW FREMM GP Sawari II

SAAM News

There are 5 news between
14 Jan 2003 and 25 May 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011Conte di Cavour Aircraft Carrier Successfully Launches Two Aster 15 Missiles
Thursday, November 17, 2005Italy and France Launch First Phase of Newest European Warship Program
Wednesday, May 25, 2005SAAM-FR Validated after First Salvo Firing from Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier
Monday, September 13, 2004Sawari II Completes SAAM Trials
Tuesday, January 14, 2003SAAM/IT Completes Qualification Trials

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
France1
SAAM-FR
Italy1
SAAM-IT
Saudi Arabia3
SAAM-FR

Grand Total 53
Rocket & Missile Launchers
Sylver
Ship Sensors
Arabelx1
Emparx1
Surface-to-Air Missiles
Aster 15

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