VL Mica Scores Direct Hit in Test Firing

Released on Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Vertical Launch Mica
CELM - Centre d'Essais des Landes
LLQRM - Low Level Quick Reaction Missile
Vertical Launch Mica air defense system has logged another success with the successful intercept and destruction of a small drone flying at low altitude. The Mica involved in the test was a production missile fitted with an Infrared seeker and performed a direct hit at a range of 10 kilometers.

This test tool place at the Centre d'Essais de Lancement de Missiles (CELM) missile test centre near Biscarosse on the South West coast of France. Indian Navy and Indian Army officers were present at the event to take a closer look at the VL Mica air defense system. Recently, following the signing of an agreement covering a further development on Milan anti-tank weapon system, dubbed Indan, by India and France through MBDA, France already unveiled the chance to sell the VL Mica system to India.

VL Mica air defense system could meet India's requirements for a Low Level Quick Reaction Missile (LLQRM) which would be provided to both the Indian Navy and the Indian Army. Bharat Dynamics Limited is teaming up with MBDA to support locally the VL Mica system if finally purchased.

Mica missile was vertically launched under a non line-of-sight engagement scenario from a multi-missile launcher mounted on an ACMAT multi-role vehicle in service with the French Armed Forces. Then the missile acquired locked onto the target after launch performing the direct hit as expected.

Vertical Launch Mica development began in December 2001. This ground-based, sea-based low-cost air defense system utilizes the well-known Mica air-to-air beyond visual range missile associated with latest French fighter aircraft such as Rafale or Mirage 2000.


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