The French DGA (Délégation Générale pour l'Armement) announced a highly
significant contract as a first step towards the introduction of MBDA's VL MICA
medium-range air defence missile system into the three services of the French
armed forces. VL MICA is the vertical launch version of the Air-to-Air MICA.
The launch of this program by the French DGA coincides with significant interest
already shown by several foreign countries in both the naval as well as the
ground-based version of VL MICA, evidence of the maturity of this program.
Features of the all-weather, "fire-and-forget" VL MICA system include a 360�
engagement capability provided by the vertical launch facility, high kill
potential, as well as the availability of two fully compatible seekers, either
RF (electro-magnetic) or IIR (Imaging Infra Red). Thanks to its integrated C2
(Command & Control) system, VL MICA has a multi-target capability to counter
saturating attacks. The system is effective against all types of aerial targets.
French anti-air defense requirements capable of being satisfied by the
introduction of VL MICA are: the protection of air bases and highly sensitive
sites for the Air Force, the protection of deployed forces for the Army and for
the point defence of major vessels (support and command ships, aircraft
carriers) for the Navy.
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