first qualification firing of the Franco-Italian Aster 30 SAMP/T ground-based,
medium range air defence system took place at the Landais test range belonging
to the French DGA's (Délégation Générale pour l'Armement) CELM (Centre d'Essais
de Lancement de Missiles) missile testing facility.
This qualification firing marks the first ever combined use of all the SAMP/T's
system elements: the target engagement module, the ARABEL radar and target
identification module, the vertical launcher and the Aster 30 munition.
The firing scenario was set up to demonstrate the capacity of the SAMP/T system
to intercept a threat posed by a combat aircraft, in this case simulated by a
C-22 target flying at an altitude of 7,000 metres.
The firing was an unqualified success with all test objectives achieved: Target
acquisition and tracking by the ARABEL radar; Target engagement by the fire
control unit; Munition firing; Updating of target coordinates to the missile in
flight; In-flight target lock-on by the Aster 30 munition's seeker; Interception
of the target at a range of 26 km and an altitude of 7,000 metres.
Beyond these objectives, Aster 30 made a direct hit on the target, which further
demonstrates the extreme precision of this ammunition. This firing follows on
from the recent Aster 30 munition test firing which took place earlier this year
on 1st June.
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