The first qualification firing of the PAAMS system, based on an EMPAR radar and
a naval ASTER 30 missile, was performed on 23 May 2006.
The firing was carried out from an Italian Navy ship against a sub-sonic Mirach
target engaged at mid-range (35 km approx.) and medium altitude (7 km approx).
All the system components of PAAMS were used, including the EMPAR radar, the
associated fire control function, the ASTER 30 missile and the Sylver A50
ASTER 30 registered a direct hit in intercepting the target.
This successful firing is the result of a sustained cooperation between the
major industrial contractor teams involved - MBDA, SELEX and THALES - under the
supervision of the EUROSAM consortium, acting as prime contractor for the whole
system. This latest success also puts on track further qualification firing
operations for the PAAMS EMPAR system.
The ASTER PAAMS system has been ordered by the Royal Navy, as well as the French
and Italian Navies, to provide their respective platforms with area and self-defence
capabilities, and also the capability to protect neighbouring surface vessels
against sub-sonic or supersonic threats, such as missiles, aircraft and UAVs.
This system will be installed on board the French and Italian Horizon class
frigates and on the British Type 45 destroyers.
The PAAMS (Principal Anti-Air Missile System) is an advanced naval defence
system programme developed under EUROPAAMS prime contractorship, an
international Joint Venture owned by MBDA (75%) and Thales (25%). The programme
was launched on 11 August 1999, with the notification of a contract by the DGA
(the French Armament Procurement Agency) on behalf of the three nations: France,
Italy and the UK.
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