On third December 2004, a French Navy Rafale M combat aircraft, named MO2,
conducted the last firing of Scalp EG long-range cruise missile after taking off
from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. The test firing was successful
achieving all the test objectives as expected.
Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. After
the took-off, the Rafale M headed for the firing zone located in the Gulf of
Gascogny in the Atlantic Ocean. The Scalp EG missile, dubbed Storm Shadow by the
British armed forces, was attached to the aircraft center line station. At an
altitude of 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) and at a speed of Mach 0.8, the missile
was released following its pre-programmed flight trajectory over the sea and
land areas of the CELM (Centre d'Essais des Landes/ Landes Testing Range)
testing range towards its designated target.
During the cruise phase of flight, the Scalp EG missile was guided by its
built-in navigation system combining inertial guidance, GPS and infrared imaging
terrain profile matching. It hit the intended target with extreme precision.
According to MBDA, the difference between the intended and the actual impact
points was lower than one meter, which stands below the specified accuracy for
the missile system.
The Scalp EG/Storm Shadow missile program involves close cooperation between the
French Navy and Air Force, the French DGA and the Royal Air Force (RAF). This
test marks the end of the integration work on the Rafale's weapon system. This
year MBDA has performed test firings using Rafale and Mirage 2000 airborne
platforms involving six Scalp EG missiles and one Apache missile
To date, Storm Shadow/Scalp EG has been qualified on Tornado Gr4, Mirage 2000
and Rafale. The missile is in full rate production with over 600 missiles having
already been delivered to end customers. UK, France, Italy and Greece have
chosen it as well as United Arab Emirates, its Storm Shadows are referred to as
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