May 16, 2019 (Google Translation) – On May 12, 2019, the Brittany multi-mission frigate (FREMM) successfully intercepted a supersonic target flying over Mach 2 during an allied fire campaign using its radar-based Combat Management System (Naval Group). Herakles (Thales) and the Aster missile 15 (MBDA).
Less than three months after admission to active duty, it was FREMM Bretagne’s first Aster 15 shot . It was carried out during Exercise Formidable Shield 2019, which involves ships from nine allied navies, including two French frigates of the last generation: FREMM Aquitaine and Brittany . Super Shield 2019 is an exercise designed to test participating countries’ weapons systems against the latest threats (supersonic and ballistic missiles).
The attacking supersonic target was destroyed in a few seconds by the Aster 15, after a nominal shooting sequence and perfectly executed by the crew. This result confirms the versatility and outstanding performance of the FREMM in all wrestling areas.
This success rewarded the investment and remarkable work of the crew who had been preparing for it for several months.
Under the leadership of Chief of Staff of the Navy and with the continued support of the DGA, the Navy develops a high level of interoperability and integration with its allies, as a permanent member of the forum ” Maritime Theater Missile Defense ” (MTMD). The participation of French naval units in this type of exercise will continue in the future in order to maintain our engagement capabilities at the highest level against the toughest threats.
The FREMM frigates’ aerial self-defense is based on the Aster 15 missile that can be fired at 360 ° around its launcher. He reaches his target up to a distance of about 30 kilometers, at the speed of MACH 3, or 3700km / h. It can destroy supersonic antisaving fighters and missiles flying or diving.