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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