KERSHIP Delivers Third BSAM

March 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Metropolitan Support and Assistance Building (BSAM) SEINE is the third largest series of four ships designed and built by KERSHIP. Ordered in 2016, it has just been officially received by the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA). The delivery of the fourth unit, the BSAM GARONNE, the first take of Command will take place in Concarneau in March, is scheduled for the summer of 2019. Delivered in March 2018, the BSAM ‘LOIRE’ was the first building Admitted to the Active Service, followed by the…

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Sea Venom-ANL Marks Further Trials Milestone

December 17, 2018 – MBDA’s Sea Venom-ANL anti-ship missile has successfully conducted a further firing trial, passing a significant new milestone for the Anglo-French co-operation program. Conducted on 14 November from a Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) Dauphin test helicopter at the DGA Missile testing range of Ile du Levant, the trial was the final development firing for the missile prior to the start of qualification trials in 2019. This latest trial highlighted Sea Venom-ANL’s lock on before launch (LOBL) capabilities, with images from the missile’s infrared seeker being used…

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MBDA to develop the next generation of the MICA missile

November 9, 2018 – The French Defence Procurement Agency DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has awarded MBDA the contract for the MICA NG (Missile d’Interception et de Combat Aérien Nouvelle Génération) program to develop the next generation of the MICA missile. With deliveries scheduled to begin in 2026, MICA NG will be available to arm the current and future versions of the Rafale combat aircraft. MICA NG is intended as the replacement for the MICA missiles currently in operational service with the French armed forces and exported to 14 countries…

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FFDj: medium missile weapons system evaluation campaign

October 11, 2018 (Google Translation) – From 25 August to 22 September 2018 in Djibouti, the technical section of the Army (STAT), the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) and the MBDA company conducted the missile weapons system evaluation campaign medium range (SA MMP). The purpose of this evaluation was to verify the suitability for use of MMP SA in a semi-desert environment. For this purpose, nine shots were fired and all the missiles reached their target. The results confirm the reliability of the weapons system in a hot environment as…

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Chevalier Paul Fires Aster Missile

Google Translation On May 30, 2018, after weeks of preparation and close collaboration with the DGA and the MBDA company, the air defense frigate Chevalier Paul comes in a few seconds to carry out an Aster 30 anti-aircraft missile fire with its system. PAAMS weapons, on a standalone target, thus confirming its ability to react rapidly to a missile threat in the coastal environment. As part of this training called “Alligator”, closer to what he performs regularly in operations, the Chevalier PaulIts mission was to escort and protect a valuable…

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French Navy’s future nuclear-powered submarine to carry Thales next-generation sonar system

The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales a 42-month contract to conduct a set of studies and technological developments for a sonar system to be equipped on France’s future third-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SNLE 3G). These developments take into account current and future threat environment and support Thales’s efforts to complete design and qualification of a large antenna system and related processing capabilities made possible by advances in algorithms and the digital revolution. This new research and development program builds on the results of studies launched under…

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