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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 ASTER missiles are provided with two different boosters according to the ASTER 15 or the ASTER 30 model. The 'Pif-Paf' control system enables the ASTER missile to counter high maneuverable missiles achieving a direct impact (hit-to-kill). The 'Pif-Paf' combines conventional aerodynamic control with control by gas jets acting through the centre of gravity of the missile.
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 ASTER is a two-stage missile. The solid propellant booster is seized according to the mission profile (ASTER 30 bigger and ASTER 15 smaller). 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.
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Aster 15 Specifications
Diameter: 180 millimeter
Length: 4.20 meter
Max Range: 30,000 meter
Min Range: 1,700 meter
Target's Max Altitude: 13,000 meter (42,651 foot)
Top Speed: 1,000 mps (3,601 kph)
Weight: 310 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Aster 15 News
There are 16 news between
14 Jan 2003 and 10 Dec 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012Aster Surface-to-Air Missile Family Production Program Reaches 1,000 UnitsWednesday, May 25, 2011Conte di Cavour Aircraft Carrier Successfully Launches Two Aster 15 MissilesMonday, October 4, 2010Royal Navy Fires Sea Viper Air Defense System from Type 45 Destroyer for First Time EverTuesday, August 17, 2010Royal Navy's Sea Viper Air Defense System Completes Trials in the MediterraneanThursday, October 8, 2009French Navy Orders Three More FREMM FrigatesWednesday, May 6, 2009All Four French and Italian Horizon-class Frigates Gather at La SpeziaThursday, February 12, 2009Type 45's Sea Viper Missile System Successfully Completes Second Test FiringThursday, February 5, 2009Royal Navy's Sea Viper Naval Air Defense System Scores Another SuccessFriday, April 18, 2008DCNS Finalizes Contract for Multimission Frigate for MoroccoTuesday, September 11, 2007MBDA Preparing PAAMS for Royal Navy Firing Trials
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