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    SAMP/T (Aster missile family)

    Post  Vladimir79 on Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:42 pm

    SAMP/T Successful on First European Missile Defense Intercept Test



    France carried out the first ballistic missile intercept with the SAMP/T Surface-to-Air Medium Range missile system last month; however, the news release about the test was delayed by one month. Considered an important milestone in the development of European missile defense capability, the test was conducted on 18 October 2010 at the DGA Missile Launch Test Centre (CELM) in Biscarosse in southwest France.

    According to the DGA, the target used for the firing was representative of a medium-range ballistic missile. This firing deployed the Aster 30 Block 1 missile variant developed for the French Air Force’s ‘Mamba’ medium range air defense system and optimized for the interception of aerial as well as ballistic threats.) SAMP-T is the first European missile system offering missile defense capability. It is one of several systems considered by the NATO Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (ALTBMD) program.

    Aster 30 anti-ballistic-missile Photo: DGA / CELM

    The Aster program is the most ambitious European missile program ever launched and the second largest defense program managed by OCCAR after the A400M tactical transport aircraft. Aster missiles are currently deployed with three European navies (rance, U.K. and Italy all operating the Aster 30) and two international navies – Saudi-Arabia and Singapore, operating the Aster 15. SAMP/T was declared operational in September 2010 with in French Luxeuil Air Defence Artillery squadron. Turkey is also interested in the SAMP/T capability.

    The Aster missile family includes the naval variants Aster 15 and Aster 30 and land-based SAMP/T. The enhancement of the Aster 30 Surface-to-Air Medium Range missile system to ballistic missile interceptor spanned over six years beginning 2003.
    The SAMP/T system combines the Thales Arabel radar, a real-time engagement module and the Aster 30 missile developed and produced by MBDA. The French Air Forces’ Future Surface-to-Air Family (FSAF) acquisition program (also known as Mamba) DGA is acquiring 15 SAMP/T systems from the EUROSAM consortium. The Italian Army will also receive 10 SAMP/T systems.

    According to the manufacturers, during the test the systems successfully performed all the intercept phases, from target detection and designation and handoff to the fire control module, target acquisition by the ARABEL radar, computation of engagement sequence and firing decision. The target was intercepted at the intended range.

    (SAMP/T is the acronym for Surface Air Moyenne Portee Terrestre)

    http://defense-update.com/wp/20101126_samp_t.html
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    Post  George1 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:56 am

    SAMP/T Missile Defense Goes Three-For-Three

    Missile defense remains the hottest of hot topics for NATO in Europe, and as various U.S. solutions vie for attention, European industry has stepped up to the plate to show what it can do.

    The latest firing by a Eurosam SAMP/T air defense system against a tactical ballistic missile (TBM) has been hailed by NATO as “the first European theater missile interceptor to achieve NATO interoperability.” In a live-fire test at France’s Biscarrosse ranges the system destroyed its target and proved able to work with NATO’s interim ballistic missile defense (BMD) command and control (C2) system. “This successful test is a milestone as it broadens the range of capabilities available for use in NATO’s missile defense,” says Alessandro Pera, director of the ballistic missile defence program at the NATO Communication and Information Agency.

    More details have emerged about the interception, conducted in March by a SAMP/T unit with a joint French Air Force and Italian Army crew. It was the third anti-TBM (ATBM) engagement by a SAMP/T system, the second by an operational crew and the first to be conducted within a NATO C2 environment. As such, it was a significant demonstration of the SAMP/T system’s ability to operate as a NATO asset when providing ATBM defense for deployed troops.

    The SAMP/T is produced by Eurosam, a 50:50 joint venture between MBDA and Thales. Its key components are the Aster 30 interceptor and Arabel multi-function radar. With up to six mobile launchers (each with eight missiles) the system can simultaneously engage 10 targets in a full 360-degree hemisphere – with a look-down/shoot-down capability – at ranges of up to 120km. The French Air Force was the first to reach operational status with the system – which it calls Mamba – in October 2011. The Italian Army’s first regiment followed in June 2012.

    As with the previous SAMP/T ATBM trials in 2010 and 2011, the target in the 2013 test was described as a “TBM 300, with the equivalent range, speed and radar cross section of a 300-km tactical ballistic missile.” All three tests involved a Rafael Black Sparrow high-performance target launched by an Israeli Air Force F-15 aircraft. The Black Sparrow, replicating a Scud-B missile, flew a ‘medium energy trajectory’ after launch over the sea and was aimed at a point on land about 10km from the SAMP/T batteries.

    Two firing units were deployed, with their Arabel radars and (single) Aster 30 launchers positioned about 10km apart. These units communicated with each other via Link 16 MIDS. The same datalink connected the target cueing radar at Biscarrosse with the missile units. Using Link 16 Simple Biscarrosse was connected to the DGA’s Maîtrise de l’information (DGA-MI) weapon systems test center at Rennes. Finally, DGA-MI was connected to NATO’s Ramstein BMD Operations Center with the Link 16 Joint Range Extension system, over satellite. This varied communications network showed how the SAMP/T system can be integrated with higher echelon or battalion-level commanders, and also how the system is interoperable over multiple modes.

    After a year’s preparation, the entire engagement – from target launch to interception – took less than five minutes. Some 38 seconds after launch, the hit-to-kill missile destroyed the target with a relative impact speed of Mach 8. This was the 13th successful interception (in 13 firings since 2005) by the land-based SAMP/T system; 10 against air-breathing targets and three against TBMs. According to NATO this was the final test of SAMP/T capabilities and interoperability with NATO C2 ahead of the system’s addition to NATO’s missile defense assets later this year.
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    Post  max steel on Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:36 pm

    Successful Launch of Aster 30 Missile from ITS Andrea DORIA


    On Tuesday the 26th of October 2015, ITS Andrea DORIA successfully launched an Aster 30 missile during the First Maritime Missile Defence Exercise conducted in the Scottish Hebrides Firing Range.

    The firing took place during the “At Sea Demonstration 2015 (ASD15)”, a NATO international exercise which is conducted and organised by the Maritime Theatre Missile Defence Forum (MTMD Forum). This year the activity included the launch of several targets that are simulating Tactical Ballistic Missiles and in this scenario the Andrea DORIA vessel was responsible for the protection of a US ship that was providing Missile Defence cover for the naval force.

    The ASD15 placed a great emphasis on system interoperability, where various Navies launched different missiles against separate targets and all at the same time

    The firings took place in very rough conditions (sea state 6) and with a strong North Atlantic wind. To date, regardless of the challenging conditions, the PAAMS system has performed as designed, showing the validity of the product against the specification.

    OCCAR supported this activity (being responsible for In Service Support) by working on the technical preparations, simulation forecasting, risk reductions tests, onboard firing assistance, data recording and results analysis. OCCAR also procured the unique Italian munition equipped with UK compliant telemetry equipment.
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    Re: SAMP/T (Aster missile family)

    Post  George1 on Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:40 am

    France Launches Aster Upgrade

    PARIS — France has signed a contract for the Aster Block 1 New Technology program, launching an expected upgrade of the Aster surface-to-air missile, expanding its intercept range, the French procurement office said.

    “The contract was signed by the Direction Générale de l’Armement Dec. 23 2015 with the Eurosam consortium, which comprises MBDA and Thales,” the DGA said in a Wednesday statement.

    "The contract is worth several hundred million euros," said a source close to the deal.

    The DGA works through the European agency Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement.

    Britain, France and Italy also signed on Monday a memorandum of understanding for maintaining the capability and improving the systems on the Aster weapon, the spokesman said.

    The program aims to develop a new version of the Aster 30 Block 1, with the first units to be delivered to the French Air Force in 2023, the DGA said. The work on the missile includes upgrading the sol-air moyen portée – terrestre, the land system, which attacks ballistic missiles.

    MBDA builds the missile, while Thales supplies the Arabel radar.

    The upgrade would improve the SAMP/T’s contribution to the NATO program for an anti-ballistic missile shield.

    France expects Italy to sign a similar agreement in the next few months for the Italian SAMP/T units.

    Britain fits a naval version of the missile on its Type 45 destroyer. France and Italy deploy a land-based Aster on the SAMP/T and the missile arms their multimission frigates.

    The New Technology upgrade would allow the Aster 30 to hit enemy missiles with a range of 1,000 kilometers. The Block 1 model held by the French and Italian forces can intercept incoming missiles with a range of 600 kilometers, such as the Scud B.

    A upgraded version is on the roadmap for building an Aster Block 2, which would intercept weapons that have a range of 3,000 kilometers.


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    Post  max steel on Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:39 pm

    Joint firing between the French Air Force's 05/950 Air Defense Squadron and the Italian Army's 4th Anti Air Artillery Regiment with the SAMP/T (nicknamed "mamba" in the French Air Force).



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    Post  max steel on Thu May 19, 2016 10:58 pm

    France to Upgrade SAMP/T Extended Range Air Defense System

    The Aster Block 1 NT (New Technology) programme will cover the modernization of the Aster 30 interceptor and associated SAMP/T air defense system that will evolve with missile defense capabilities.
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    Post  max steel on Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:44 pm

    France, Italy To Cooperate in Development of Aster Missile

    France and Italy have signed a cooperation agreement on development of the MBDA Aster Block 1 New Technology missile, the French Defence Ministry said in a statement.

    French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Italian counterpart, Roberta Pinotti, signed the agreement June 14 in Paris.

    The program aims to extend the Aster 30’s range to hit incoming ballistic missiles, one of Europe’s contributions to NATO’s program for an anti-ballistic missile shield.

    “This decision reflects a shared determination to maintain the capabilities of the ground-based air defense system to the highest requirements and its Aster missile to respond to a full range of airborne threats,” the ministry said.

    The memorandum of understanding for cooperation boosts industrial cooperation between MBDA and Thales — partners in the Eurosam joint venture, which builds the missile system — and also strengthens export prospects, the ministry said.

    Poland and Turkey are among the export prospects for the Aster missile.

    The two companies said in separate statements they welcomed the announcement.

    “The two countries, which have carried out this program for many years, have just laid out a robust route map that will see the Aster program well into the next decade, which will help to sustain industrial know-how for many years to come, and which is key to ensuring French and Italian sovereignty,” said Antoine Bouvier, MBDA chief executive.

    “Thales will deliver, in cooperation with the Italian industry, a new version of the fire control function and will develop a new missile seeker,” according to the French electronics company.

    The upgrade work involves an “evolution” in the missile’s electronics and adaptation of the ground-based system for the new missile, which will be delivered in 2023, MBDA said.

    Britain said at the Anglo-French summit in March at Amiens, northern France, that London would consider arming its destroyers with the new Aster version.

    The French Direction Générale de l’Armement procurement office will work with its Italian counterpart, Segredifesa, and Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement, the European acquisition agency.

    Italy’s defense procurement spending in 2016 set aside €15 million (US $17 million) for upgrading the Aster 30 weapon with France, with Rome’s eventual contribution set at €237.4 million.

    The New Technology upgrade would allow the Aster 30 to hit enemy missiles with a range of 1,000 kilometers. The Block 1 model held by the French and Italian forces can intercept incoming missiles with a range of 600 kilometers, such as the Scud B.

    An upgraded version is on the road map for building an Aster Block 2, which would intercept weapons that have a range of 3,000 kilometers.

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    Re: SAMP/T (Aster missile family)

    Post  GarryB on Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:24 am

    The Block 1 model held by the French and Italian forces can intercept incoming missiles with a range of 600 kilometers, such as the Scud B.

    An upgraded version is on the road map for building an Aster Block 2, which would intercept weapons that have a range of 3,000

    Just to be clear the ranges given are the ranges of the targets, not the SAMs.

    ie the Block 1 model can intercept targets that have a range of 600km... something even the oldest models of the S-300 system can do... in fact even the BUK could probably manage it.

    The upgraded model they are talking about road maps for for its future capability able to hit 3,000km range ballistic targets... Antei-2500 could engage 2,500km range ballistic missiles a few decades ago...


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    Re: SAMP/T (Aster missile family)

    Post  George1 on Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:08 am

    Some photos of SAMP/T and Aster missiles in La Bourget 2017 air show

    1. Aster-30 missile defense model


    2. Aster Block 1 NT with ballistic targets


    3. Self-propelled launcher SAMP-T with Aster-30




    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2679353.html


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